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Hutchins, William M.

Overview
Works: 47 works in 206 publications in 2 languages and 5,142 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography  Bildungsromans 
Roles: Translator, Editor
Classifications: PJ7846.A46, 892.736
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Publications about William M Hutchins
Publications by William M Hutchins
Most widely held works by William M Hutchins
The Cairo trilogy by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )
11 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 799 libraries worldwide
"Naguib Mahfouz's trilogy of colonial Egypt is the story of a Muslim family in Cairo during Britain's occupation of Egypt in the early decades of the twentieth century." "The novels of The Cairo Trilogy trace three generations of the family of tyrannical patriarch Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who rules his household with a strict hand while living a secret life of self-indulgence. Palace Walk introduces us to his gentle, oppressed wife Amina, his cloistered daughters, Aisha and Khadija, and his three sons - the tragic and idealistic Fahmy, the dissolute hedonist Yasin, and the soul-searching intellectual Kamal. Al-Sayyid Ahmad's rebellious children struggle to move beyond his domination in Palace of Desire, as the world around them opens to the currents of modernity and political and domestic turmoil brought by the 1920s. Sugar Street brings Mahfouz's vivid tapestry of an evolving Egypt to a dramatic climax as the aging patriarch sees one grandson become a Communist, one a Muslim fundamentalist, and one the lover of a powerful politician." "Throughout the trilogy, the family's trials mirror those of their turbulent country during the years spanning the two World Wars, as change comes to a society that has resisted it for centuries."--BOOK JACKET
Sugar Street by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )
8 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 469 libraries worldwide
The novels of The Cairo Trilogy trace three generations of the family of tyrannical patriarch Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who rules his household with a strict hand while living a secret life of self-indulgence. Palace Walk introduces us to his gentle, oppressed wife, Amina, his cloistered daughters, Aisha and Khadija, and his three sons-the tragic and idealistic Fahmy, the dissolute hedonist Yasin, and the soul-searching intellectual Kamal. Al-Sayyid Ahmad?s rebellious children struggle to move beyond his domination in Palace of Desire, as the world around them opens to the currents of modernity and political and domestic turmoil brought by the 1920s. Sugar Street brings Mahfouz's vivid tapestry of an evolving Egypt to a dramatic climax as the aging patriarch sees one grandson become a Communist, one a Muslim fundamentalist, and one the lover of a powerful politician
The last of the angels : a modern Iraqi novel by Fāḍil ʻAzzāwī( Book )
12 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 370 libraries worldwide
Losing his job with the British-run Iraq Petroleum Company amid rumors that he propositioned his boss's wife, chauffeur Hameed Nylon of 1950s Kirkuk becomes an unlikely labor organizer and revolutionary when his termination sparks local outrage and demonstrations
In the tavern of life & other stories by Tawfīq Ḥakīm( Book )
5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 338 libraries worldwide
Cairo modern by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )
6 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 315 libraries worldwide
"The novelist's camera pans from the dome of King Fuad University (now Cairo University) to students streaming out of the campus, focusing on four students in their twenties, each representing a different trend in Egypt in the 1930s. Finally the camera comes to rest on Mahgub Abd al-Da'im. A scamp, he fancies himself a nihilist, a hedonist, an egotist, but his personal vulnerability is soon revealed by a family crisis back home in al-Qanatir, a dusty, provincial town on the Nile that is also a popular destination for Cairene day-trippers. His emotional life also fluctuates between the extremes of a street girl, who makes her living gathering cigarette butts, and his wealthy cousin Tahiya. Since he thinks that virtue is merely a social construct, how far will our would-be nihilist go in trying to fulfill his unbridled ambitions? What if he discovers that high society is more corrupt and cynical than he is? With a wink back at Goethe's Faust and Henry Fielding's Joseph Andrews, Mahgub becomes a willing collaborator in his own corruption." "Published in Arabic in the 1940s, this cautionary morality tale about self-defeating egoism and ill-digested foreign philosophies comes from the same period as one of the writer's best-known works, Midaq Alley. Both novels are comic and heartfelt indictments not so much of Egyptian society between the world wars as of human nature and our paltry attempts to establish just societies."--Jacket
Tawfiq al-Hakim : a reader's guide by William M Hutchins( Book )
6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 248 libraries worldwide
Plays, prefaces & postscripts of Tawfiq al-Hakim by Tawfīq Ḥakīm( Book )
7 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 244 libraries worldwide
Return to Dar al-Basha : a novel by Ḥasan Naṣr( Book )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 238 libraries worldwide
"A semi-autobiographical evocation of a Tunisian childhood during the days of nationalist resistance against French colonial rule." "Return to Dar al-Basha by the contemporary Tunisian author Hassan Nasr depicts the childhood of Murtada al-Shamikh and his return forty years later to his home in the medina or old city of Tunis. After being taken from his mother and raised in his father's home where he was physically abused and emotionally marginalized, Murtada spends a life of anxiety wandering the world. His return is prompted by a mysterious visit from one of his father's Sufi friends as he roams the desert in Mauritania. Murtada retraces his steps through the medina to his family's house in anticipation of a possible reunion with his troubled father, vividly reliving sights, smells, and sounds from his childhood and evoking his childhood initiation into Islamic mysticism as he experiences a personal journey of the spirit across space and time." "Nasr succeeds in conjuring up a Tunisian boyhood not unlike his own and brings to life in a poetic, sensual narrative the sounds, colors, and life of Tunis some six decades ago. Murtada searches the streets of Tunis and his memories for the decisive mistake he feels he must have made-that has left him a perpetual wanderer until he undergoes a cathartic nightmare sequence that leaves him shaken. Only then is he finally able to come to peace with his past and with himself. In William M. Hutchins' translation, the novel serves as an evocation and tribute to the historic city of Tunis the novel and meditates about the position of the past in a rapidly modernizing society."--BOOK JACKET
Return of the spirit : Tawfig al-Hakim's classic novel of the 1919 revolution : first complete English translation by Tawfīq Ḥakīm( Book )
10 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 202 libraries worldwide
Both revolution and romance are at the heart of Return of the Spirit, first published in Arabic in 1933. The story of a patriotic young Egyptian and his extended family, ending with events surrounding the 1919 revolution -- for al-Hakim, a literal awakening of the Egyptian spirit -- the strong expression of nationalist solidarity in Return of the Spirit has particular resonance now. Admiration for the novel by the military entrepreneurs who replaced Egypt's monarchy in 1952 temporarily dampened enthusiasm for it; but the Tahrir revolution has made it seem once again as fresh as today's news. -- Description from https://www.rienner.com (May 15, 2012)
Egyptian tales and short stories of the 1970s and 1980s by William M Hutchins( Book )
9 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 198 libraries worldwide
Anubis : a desert novel by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )
10 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 188 libraries worldwide
"A Tuareg youth ventures into trackless desert on a life-threatening quest to find the father he remembers only as a shadow from his childhood, but the spirit world frustrates and tests his resolve. For a time, he is rewarded with the Eden of a lost oasis, but eventually, as new settlers crowd in, its destiny mimics the rise of human civilization. Over the sands and the years, the hero is pursued by a lover who matures into a sibyl-like priestess." "The Libyan Tuareg author Ibrahim al-Koni, who has earned a reputation as a major figure in Arabic literature with his many novels and collections of short stories, has used Tuareg folklore about Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld, to craft a novel that is both a lyrical evocation of the desert's beauty and a chilling narrative in which thirst, incest, patricide, animal metamorphosis, and human sacrifice are more than plot devices. The novel concludes with Tuareg sayings collected by the author in his search for the historical Anubis, from matriarchs and sages during trips to Tuareg encampments, and from inscriptions in the ancient Tifinagh script in caves and on tattered manuscripts. In this novel, fantastic mythology becomes universal, specific, and modern."--BOOK JACKET
Cell block five by Fāḍil ʻAzzāwī( Book )
8 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 178 libraries worldwide
"Being plucked from a Baghdad cafe and deposited in a cell block for political prisoners is a wakeup call for Aziz, the novel's hero and narrator, a young man who has been living on automatic pilot - as if he were a guest visiting his own life - until he is abruptly forced to come to terms with the flawed world we inhabit and shape. Although never charged with any offense, he must adjust to a lengthy stay in prison, where he is befriended by imprisoned revolutionaries who teach him to dream that an ideal city with his name on it may lie just over the horizon, while the police supervisor encourages him to think of a simple crime to which he can confess so he can be charged and eventually released." "Based on the author's own incarceration in Iraq, Cell Block Five is a clear-headed, good-humored tribute to the prison's men - both the inmates and the guards - and an indictment of man's gratuitous inhumanity to man, pointing out that the transition from abused to abuser, tortured to torturer, can be an easy one."--Jacket
The seven veils of Seth a modern Arabic novel from Libya by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )
5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 134 libraries worldwide
"In the ancient Egyptian religion, Seth is the evil god who out of jealousy slays his brother Osiris, the good god of agriculture, to seize the throne. Seth is, however, also the god of the desert and therefore a benevolent champion of desert dwellers like the traditionally nomadic Kel Tamasheq, better known as the Tuareg. In The Seven Veils of Seth, the world-renowned, Libyan, Tuareg author Ibrahim al-Koni draws on the tension between these two opposing visions of Seth to create a novel that also provides a vivid account of daily life in a Tuareg oasis." "Isan, the novel's protagonist, is either Seth himself or a latter-day avatar. A desert-wandering seer and proponent of desert life, he settles for an extended stay in a fertile oasis. If Jack Frost, the personification of the arrival of winter, were to visit a tropical rain forest, the results might be similarly disastrous. Not surprisingly, since this is a novel by Ibrahim al-Koni, infanticide, uxoricide, serial adultery, betrayal, metamorphosis, murder by a proxy animal, ordinary murder, and a life-threatening chase through the desert all figure in the plot, although the novel is also an existential reflection on the purpose of human life." "Ibrahim al-Koni typically layers allusions in his works as if he were an artist adding a suggestion of depth to a painting by applying extra washes. Tuareg folklore, Egyptian mythology, Russian literature, and medieval European thought elbow each other for room on the page. One might expect a novel called The Seven Veils of Seth to be a heavy-handed allegory. Instead, the reader is left wondering. The truth is elusive, a mirage pulsing at the horizon."--Jacket
Basrayatha : portrait of a city by Muḥammad Khuḍayr( Book )
5 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 124 libraries worldwide
"Basrayatha is a literary tribute by author Mohammed Khudayyir to the city of his birth, Basra, on the Shatt al-Arab waterway in southern Iraq. Just as a city's inhabitants differ from outsiders through their knowledge of its streets as well as its stories, so Khudayyir distinguishes between the real city of Basra and Basrayatha, the imagined city he has created through stories, experiences, and folklore." "By turns a memoir, a travelogue, a love letter, and a meditation, Basrayatha summons up images of a city long gone. In loving detail, Khudayyir recounts his discovery of his city as a child, as well as past communal banquets, the public baths, the delights of the Muslim day of rest, the city's flea markets and those who frequent them, a country bumpkin's big day in the city. Hollywood films at the local cinema, daily life during the Iran-Iraq War, and the canals and rivers around Basra. Above all, however, the book illuminates the role of the storyteller in creating the cities we inhabit. Evoking the literary modernism of authors like Calvino and Borges, and tinged with nostalgia for a city now disappeared, Basrayatha is a tribute to the power of memory and imagination."--Jacket
The Diesel by Thānī Suwaydī( file )
3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 123 libraries worldwide
Critically shunned when it was first published in 1994, nearly two decades before the rest of the world ever envisioned an Arab Spring, Emirati author Thani Al-Suwaidi saw a cultural shift on the horizon and his novel now serves as a revelation for the modern world-a stream-of-consciousness dissection of an orthodox past and a perilous future which is no longer preventable. With the power of petroleum greater than any society could have imagined, especially in the Middle Eastern communities where it is produced, this story challenges the inhabit
Ten again : and other stories by Ibrāhīm ʻAbd al-Qādir Māzinī( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 110 libraries worldwide
"Ibrahim al-Mazini was one of the great humorists and stylists of twentieth-century Arabic prose literature, capturing the foibles and triumphs of Cairo's middle classes of the 1930s and 1940s in exceptionally stylish prose. This collection gathers in one volume some of al-Mazini's best short fiction, including two novellas: Midu and His Accomplices and Ten Again. Midu is an engaging, well-liked army officer who, assisted by almost every other character in the story, arranges a faux heist from his uncle's library in order to allow young love to run its course. In Ten Again, a man awakes to find that he has returned to childhood, on the day of his tenth birthday: his wife, who is being wooed by a most obnoxious suitor, is now his mother, and his two sons torment him mercilessly at his birthday party. In al-Mazini's skillful hands, the short stories included here illuminate a lively fictional world: from a drunken encounter with a parrot to an undertaker's attempt to provide a cadaver with a believer's contented smile."--BOOK JACKET
The puppet : a novel by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 106 libraries worldwide
"The Puppet, a mythic tale of greed and political corruption, traces the rise, flourishing, and demise of a Saharan oasis community. Aghulli, a noble if obtuse man who has been chosen leader of the oasis, hankers after the traditional nomadic pastoralist life of the Tuareg. He sees commerce (understood as including trade in gold, marriage, agriculture, and even recreation) as the prime culprit in the loss of the nomadic ethos. Thus he is devastated to learn that his supporters are hoarding gold. The novel's title notwithstanding, the author has stressed repeatedly that he is not a political author. He says that The Puppet portrays a good man who has been asked to lead a corrupt society. The subplot about star-crossed young lovers introduces a Sufi theme of the possibility of transforming carnal into mystical love. The Puppet, though, is first and foremost a gripping, expertly crafted tale of bloody betrayal and revenge inspired by gold lust and an ancient love affair."--P. [4] of cover
Nine essays of al-Jahiz by Jāḥiẓ( Book )
7 editions published between 1975 and 1989 in English and held by 101 libraries worldwide
Al-Mazini's Egypt by Ibrāhīm ʻAbd al-Qādir Māzinī( Book )
4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 100 libraries worldwide
The traveler and the innkeeper by Fāḍil ʻAzzāwī( Book )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 99 libraries worldwide
This timely, elegant novelʹs hero is an Iraqi secret police inspector who routinely uses enhanced interrogation techniques, which even he considers torture. Convinced that he is protecting society from anarchy, he is at peace with the world until ordered to interrogate a childhood friend, a journalist with possible links to violent subversives. Then he falls in love with his friendʹs wife. The plot of this novel, which was written in Iraq in 1976 and published in Arabic in Germany in 1989, is further complicated by street protests in Baghdad following the Six-Day Arab-Israeli War of June 1967. Despite the grim subject matter of this novel, it is at heart a love story, lyrically narrated. -- Jacket
 
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Hutchins, W. M.
Hutchins, W. M. (William M.)
Hutchins, William
Hutchins, William M.
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English (127)
Chinese (1)
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