Tales from Dayrut: Short Stories

Tales from Dayrut Short Stories This collection of fourteen connected stories and a novella From the Secret History of Numan Abdel Hafez takes us deep into Upper Egypt and the village of Dayrut al Sharif in which Mohamed Mustagab

  • Title: Tales from Dayrut: Short Stories
  • Author: Mohamed Mustagab Humphrey Davies
  • ISBN: 9789774167072
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • This collection of fourteen connected stories and a novella, From the Secret History of Numan Abdel Hafez, takes us deep into Upper Egypt and the village of Dayrut al Sharif, in which Mohamed Mustagab was born To depict a world renowned for its poverty, ignorance, vendettas, and implacable code of honor, Mustagab deploys the black humor and Swiftian sarcasm of the insiderThis collection of fourteen connected stories and a novella, From the Secret History of Numan Abdel Hafez, takes us deep into Upper Egypt and the village of Dayrut al Sharif, in which Mohamed Mustagab was born To depict a world renowned for its poverty, ignorance, vendettas, and implacable code of honor, Mustagab deploys the black humor and Swiftian sarcasm of the insider who knows his society only too well When the stillness of a day s end is shattered by a single gunshot, poignant beauty merges seamlessly into horror, and when a police officer seeking to unravel a murder finds himself with body parts than he knows what to do with, violence tips as easily into farce In counterpoint, the author s often surrealist imagination explores the mysteries of a landscape where seductive women haunt dusty paths and a man may find himself crushed like a worm beneath another s foot Elsewhere, the horizons of my village expand to include other countries the author worked in the Arabian Peninsula for a number of years , where equally disastrous consequences follow on folly and self delusion Previously almost unknown in English, Mustagab s voice is both original and disturbing.

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