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Booth, Marilyn

Works: 54 works in 253 publications in 1 language and 11,526 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Epistolary fiction  History  Biography  Personal narratives  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Short stories  Psychological fiction 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor
Classifications: PJ7962.A55, 892.736
Publication Timeline
Publications about Marilyn Booth
Publications by Marilyn Booth
Most widely held works by Marilyn Booth
Girls of Riyadh by Rajāʼ ʻAbd Allāh Ṣāniʻ( Book )
19 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,359 libraries worldwide
This debut novel, banned in the author's own country, reveals the social, romantic, and sexual tribulations of four young women from the elite classes of Saudi Arabia. Every week after Friday prayers, the anonymous narrator sends an email to the female subscribers of her online chat group. In fifty such emails over the course of a year, we witness the tragicomic reality of four university students negotiating their love lives, their professional success, and their rebellions, large and small, against their cultural traditions. The world these women inhabit is a modern one that contains "Sex and the City," dating, and sneaking out of their parents' houses, and all this causes the girls to collide endlessly with ancient customs. The never-ending cultural conflicts underscore the tumult of being an educated modern woman growing up in the 21st century amid a culture firmly rooted in an ancient way of life.--From publisher description
The open door by Laṭīfah Zayyāt( Book )
13 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and held by 379 libraries worldwide
"The Open Door is a landmark of women's writing in Arabic; published in 1960, it was very bold for its time in exploring a middle-class Egyptian girl's coming of sexual and political age, in the context of the Egyptian nationalist movement preceding the 1952 revolution. The novel traces the pressures on young women and young men of that time and class as they seek to free themselves of family control and social expectations. Young Layla and her brother become involved in the student activism of the 1940s and early 1950s and in the popular resistance to continued imperialist rule; the story culminates in the 1956 Suez Crisis, when Gamal Abd al-Nasser's nationalization of the Canal led to a British, French, and Israeli invasion."--Jacket
Memoirs from the women's prison by Nawāl Saʻdāwī( Book )
8 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 372 libraries worldwide
Often likened to Rigoberta Menchu and Nadine Gordimer, Nawal El Saadawi is one of the world's leading feminist authors. Director of Health and Education in Cairo, she was summarily dismissed from her post in 1972 for her political writing and activities. In 1981 she was imprisoned by Anwar Sadat for alleged "crimes against the State" and was not released until after his assassination. Memoirs from the Women's Prison offers both firsthand witness to women's resistance to state violence and fascinating insights into the formation of women's community. Saadawi describes how political prisoners, both secular intellectuals and Islamic revivalists, forged alliances to demand better conditions and to maintain their sanity in the confines of their cramped cell. Saadawi's haunting prose makes Memoirs an important work of twentieth-century literature. Recognized as a classic of prison writing, it touches all who are concerned with political oppression, intellectual freedom, and personal dignity. -- Publisher description
May her likes be multiplied : biography and gender politics in Egypt by Marilyn Booth( Book )
27 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 358 libraries worldwide
Marilyn Booth's elegantly conceived study reveals the Arabic tradition of life-writing in an entirely new light. Though biography had long been male-authored, in the late nineteenth century short sketches by and about women began to appear in biographical dictionaries and women's journals
The loved ones by ʻĀliyah Mamdūḥ( Book )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 346 libraries worldwide
"Often intense and lyrical."--Kirkus Reviews
The girls of Riyadh = [unabridged] : Banat al-Riyad by Rajāʼ ʻAbd Allāh Ṣāniʻ( Sound Recording )
8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 298 libraries worldwide
The tale of four young women university students from Riyadh follows their struggles to navigate the precarious paths between desire, fulfillment, and Islamic tradition while witnessing how the Arab world is being changed by new economic and political realities
Harem histories : envisioning places and living spaces by Marilyn Booth( Book )
10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 285 libraries worldwide
Harem Historica is an interdisciplinary collection of essays exploring the harem as it was imagined, represented, and experienced in Middle Eastern and North African societies, as well as by visitors to those societies. One theme that threads through the collection is the intimate interrelatedness of West and East evident in encounters within and around the harem, whether in the elite socializing of precolonial Tunis or the popular historical novels published in Instanbul and Cairo from the late nineteenth century onward. Several of the contributors focus on European culture as a repository of harem representations, but most of them tackle indigenous representations of home spaces and their significance for how the bodies of men and women, and girls and boys, were distributed in social space, from early Islamic Mecca to early-twentieth-century Cairo. --Book Jacket
The penguin's song by Ḥasan Dāwūd( Book )
5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 243 libraries worldwide
A family in exile from their home in old Beirut contends with claustrophobic conditions, recriminations, and unrealizable dreams of return
The tiller of waters by Hudá Barakāt( Book )
11 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 231 libraries worldwide
"This spellbinding novel narrates the many-layered recollections of a hallucinating man in devastated Beirut. The desolate, almost surreal, urban landscape is enriched by the unfolding of the family sagas of Niqula Mitri and his beloved Shamsa, the Kurdish maid. Mitri reminisces about his Egyptian mother and his father who came back to settle in Beirut after a long stay in Egypt. Both Mitri and his father are textile merchants and see the world through the code of cloth, from the intimacy of linen, velvet, and silk to the most impersonal of synthetics. Shamsa in turn relates her story, the myriad adventures of her parents and grandparents who moved from Iraqi Kurdistan to Beirut. Haunting scenes of pastoral Kurds are juxtaposed against the sedentary decadence of metropolitan residents. Barakat weaves into her sophisticated narrative shreds of scientific discourse about herbal plants and textile crafts, customs and manners of Arabs, Armenians, and Kurds, mythological figures from ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, and Arabia, the theosophy of the African Dogons and the medieval Byzantines, and historical accounts of the Crusades in the Holy Land and the silk route to China."--Publisher description
Disciples of passion by Hudá Barakāt( Book )
7 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 229 libraries worldwide
"Disciples of Passion chronicles the civil war in Lebanon through the troubled and sometimes quasi-hallucinatory mind of a youngman who has experienced kidnapping, hostage exchange, and hospital internment. As he recalls his village childhood and recounts his relationship with a woman of a different faith, his fragmented narrative probes the uncertainties of political and personal responsibilities in wartime." "Marilyn Booth's translation brings to an English-speaking audience one of the Arabic language's finest contemporary novelists. Hoda Barakat writes from personal experience: her novels focus on the civil war in Lebanon and how it shaped the lives of people marginalized by the conflict. Compelling scenarios of war and its aftermath of suffering and destruction are integrated into subtle psychological portraits - with protagonists often propelled into unexpected action."--Jacket
Points of the compass : stories by Saḥar Tawfīq( Book )
4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 216 libraries worldwide
This collection of short stories, recipient of a 1994 University of Arkansas Press Award for Arabic Literature in Translation, presents one of Egypt's most innovative contemporary fiction writers. In her first collection published in English, Sahar Tawfiq explores the consciousnesses of young women alienated from their surroundings in today's rapidly changing Egyptian society
Thieves in retirement : a novel by Ḥamdī Abū Julayyil( Book )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 206 libraries worldwide
"Hamdi Abu Golayyel offers a portrait of a marginalized Egyptian community, bringing to life the absurd and tragic characters who occupy the margins of society while paying tribute to a historical Cairene neighborhood. By turns comic, reverential, beautiful, and tawdry, the novel reveals a social climate where ruthlessness and goodness seem almost indistinguishable and humanity is on display in all its rich variety." "The novelist's distinctive vision of Egypt's various postmonarchy political regimes and ideologies shapes this dark comedy of human relations and underground pursuits in late twentieth-century Egypt. Through intricate levels of allegory, puns, and double meanings, Abu Golayyel effectively plays on the rhetoric associated with the nationalist government of Gamal Abdel Nasser, including the post-Nasser turn toward international capitalism with its a consumer-oriented economy-and movement away from the workers' rights orientation of the 1960s." "This novel represents a new voice and a new stage in contemporary Arabic literature, as it criticizes official ideologies, whether socialist, capitalist, or Islamist. Abu Golayyel's cast of memorable characters embodies the arbitrariness of life and the search for purpose and dignity in a social milieu that offers little of either. Marilyn Booth's translation renders the novel's delicate levels of diction and rhythm, making this Egyptian novel available to a much-deserved wider audience."--Jacket
Stories by Egyptian women : my grandmother's cactus ( Book )
6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 179 libraries worldwide
"Egyptian Women have been writing short stories since the 1890s and have made a special contribution to the development of the genre in the twentieth century. This collection presents eight short-story writers whose work began to emerge in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are exploring new themes, linguistic and symbolic fields, and literary structures. Some are trying to break down traditional genre boundaries, while others are exploring the specifically Arabic and Egyptian heritages of narrative and tradition."--Jacket
My grandmother's cactus : stories by Egyptian women ( Book )
6 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 169 libraries worldwide
Bundel verhalen van moderne Egyptische schrijfsters over levens van vrouwen
Children of the waters by Ibtihāl Sālim( Book )
7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 162 libraries worldwide
"This collection of short stories, poems, and vignettes offers a window on contemporary literary experimentation in Arabic, as well as attitudes on everyday life and social relations in urban Egypt. Ibtihal Salem deals lyrically with contemporary Egyptian problems from class, gender, and political perspectives."--Jacket
Leaves of narcissus by Sumayyah Ramaḍān( Book )
16 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 158 libraries worldwide
"This novel of home and homelessness, of exile both physical and psychological, centers on Kimi, a fragile heroine suffering from a rift in her persona, unable to distinguish between her own pain and the pain of others. For Kimi it is not a simple case of to be or not to be, but rather of how to be in disjointed and contrary times. Leaves of Narcissus is about a young Arab student going West in search of education. Here, though, the protagonist is a young women and her destination is Ireland, a part of the West and at the same time a victim of the ravages of colonialism - adding ambiguity to the customary representations of the East/West dichotomy."--BOOK JACKET
Classes of ladies of cloistered spaces : writing feminist history through biography in fin-de-siècle Egypt by Marilyn Booth( Book )
12 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 119 libraries worldwide
Zaynab Fawwaz (c.1860-1914) was a forceful voice in support of women's rights to education and work choices in colonial-era Egypt. This book explores the writing and influence of her landmark piece al-Durr al-manthur fi tabaqat rabbat al-khudur the first Arabic-language global biographical dictionary of women
The long 1890s in Egypt : colonial quiescence, subterranean resistance by Marilyn Booth( Book )
10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 113 libraries worldwide
Egypt just before political eruption! Turns of the century in Africa's northeastern corner have been critical moments, ushering in overt popular activism in the hope of radical political redirection - as this volume's focus on Egypt's 19th-century fin-de-siécle demonstrates. The end of the 19th century in Egypt witnessed crisscrossing and conflicting political currents as well as fluctuating economic, geopolitical, social conditions, demographic conditions and cultural processes. Like Egypt's 20th-century fin-de-siécle, much of this ferment was a prelude to the more visible and politically eruptive events of the next decades, when Egypt's popular resistance burst onto the international scene. But its subterranean cast was no less dynamic for that. Key Features: A wide ranging and theoretically coherent study of a period that was crucial to the formation of modern Egypt *13 case studies challenge the prevailing view that the 1890s in Egypt was a time of withdrawal and quiescence *Engages with questions of political engagement, shifting gender roles, geographical ambiguities, the emergence of new media, community identity formation and changing artistic formations
Women and Islamic cultures : disciplinary paradigms and approaches, 2003-2013 by Bahar Davary( Book )
7 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 98 libraries worldwide
This volume unpacks the representations, motivations, agendas, and projects by focusing on the advances in scholarly research on women and Islamic cultures in the first decade of the 21st century
No road to paradise by Ḥasan Dāwūd( Book )
4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 79 libraries worldwide
In a small Lebanese village a disillusioned imam, diagnosed with terminal cancer, must face his demons. Having consented to an arranged marriage, he has found himself in a loveless union and lusts after another. To please his family, he took up the robe and turban of his forefathers but the expected path to fulfillment did not unfold before him. Meticulous, sparse prose quietly evokes the essence of rural life and the burden of tradition. Hassan Daoud's masterful novel plumbs the depths of a man's struggle with religion and his place in the world
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Booth Marilyn 1955-....
Booth, Marilyn L. 1955-
Booth, Marilyn Louise.
Booth, Marilyn Louise 1955-
Marilyn Booth British writer
Marilyn Booth écrivaine britannique
מרלין בות' סופרת בריטית
ماريلين بوث
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