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Book Title: That Smell and Notes from Prison|
The size of the: 548 KB
Edition: New Directions
Date of issue: March 22nd 2013
ISBN 13: 9780811220361
The author of the book: Sonallah Ibrahim
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:That Smell is Sonallah Ibrahim’s modernist masterpiece and one of the most influential novels written in Arabic since WWII. Composed after a five-year term in prison, the semi-autobiographical story follows a recently released political prisoner as he wanders through Cairo, adrift in his native city. Living under house arrest, he tries to write of his tortuous experience, but instead smokes, spies on the neighbors, visits old lovers, and marvels at Egypt’s new consumer culture. Published in 1966, That Smell was immediately banned and the print-run confiscated. The original, uncensored version did not appear in Egypt for another twenty years.
For this edition, translator Robyn Creswell has also included an annotated selection of the author’s Notes from Prison, Ibrahim’s prison diaries—a personal archive comprising hundreds of handwritten notes copied onto Bafra-brand cigarette papers and smuggled out of jail. These stark, intense writings shed unexpected light on the sources and motives of Ibrahim’s groundbreaking novel. Also included in this edition is Ibrahim’s celebrated essay about the writing and reception of That Smell.
Read information about the authorSonallah Ibrahim (Arabic: صنع الله إبراهيم) is an Egyptian novelist and short story writer.
Ibrahim is one of the "sixties Generation" who is known for his leftist and nationalist views which are expressed rather directly in his work. His novels, especially the last ones, incorporate many excerpts from newspapers, magazines and other political sources as a way to enlighten the people about a certain political or social issue. Because of his political opinions he was imprisoned in the 1960s. His imprisonment is featured in his first book, a collection of short stories called "That smell" تلك الرائح, is one of the first writings in Egyptian literature to adopt a modernist style. His latest book, Memoirs of the Oasis Prison, returns to the same theme.
In harmony with his political ideas, he recently refused to accept a prestigious literary award worth 100,000 Egyptian pounds from Egypt's ministry of culture.
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