ZainabBy Mohammed Hussein Haikal
The story of an Egyptian farm worker as she tries to come to terms with the difficult circumstances of an arranged marriage which she does not want. The first authentic Arabic novel portrays and explores the customs and traditions of rural Egyptian society with sympathy, insight and understanding. The translation is crisp and clear, presenting for the appraisal of the English reading audience a pioneering work of modern Arabic literature. A must for anyone with an interest in Egyptian culture, and translated fiction.