Click here and buy Aunt Safiyya and the Monastery from So the narrator’s father placates and sends away all Safiyya’s many. This brief, beautifically crafted novel introduces one of the finest contemporary Arab novelists to English-speaking audiences. In it, Bahaa’ Taher, one of a group . of the history of the village and the monastery (Chapter One, “The. Miqaddis Bishai”), events proceed uninterrupted to tell Aunt Safiyya’ s story (Chapter Two.
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It provides a positive picture of Islam – a picture sadly needed in the West – as well as of the Copts, largely unknown in the West. It is taken for granted that. In it, Bahaa’ Taher, one of a group of Egyptian writers—including the Nobel Monastey Naguib Mahfouz—noted for their revealing portraits of Egyptian life and society, tells the dramatic story of a young Muslim who, when his life is threatened, finds sanctuary in a community of Coptic monks.
Moreover, he handles both topics extremely well. Taher’s abilities as a storytellerand stylist shine. Reviews “Taher is by far the best and most original contemporary Egyptian writer.
He enriches modern Arabic literature with an evocation of aspects of society and tradition that have not always received a great deal of attention from fiction teh. He is one of the Monasteryy world’s major writers. Aunt Safeyya and the Monastery. This novel “is set 30 years ago in a tue outside Luxor.
This is probably the first English translation of any of Bahaa’ Taher’s fiction. Suddenly, a rumor was injected by some unknown source, in order to create hatred between the villagers. His novel is describing the life in a southern village in Egypt where Copts Egyptian Christians and Moslems Egyptian Moslems lived together in peace and harmony for centuries. Simply safoyya, without adornment or much authorial intrusion, this is a brief tragedy with resonances wider than its village setting.
The translator’s introduction is quite perceptive and useful, though the style is sometimes redundant. With an introduction and a glossary starting the book, I expected a difficult book. With a powerful narrative voice and a genius for capturing the complex nuances of human interaction, Taher brilliantly depicts the poignant drama of a traditional society caught up in the process of change.
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When a village woman invokes the ancient custom of blood feud to seek vengeance on the man who, in self-defense, has killed her husband, the monastery offers him sanctuary. The novelist’s style is so tender and his words flow soft like qnd.
In it, Bahaa’ Taher, one of a group of Egyptian writers-including the Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz-noted for their revealing portraits of Egyptian life and society, tells the dramatic story of a young Muslim who, when his life is threatened, finds sanctuary in a community of Coptic monks.
Taher has a magical gift for evoking the village life of Upper Egypt—a vastly different setting than urban Cairo and a landscape that tourists usually glimpse only from the windows of trains and buses taking them to the Pharaonic sites. This brief, beautifically crafted novel introduces one of the finest contemporary Arab novelists to English-speaking audiences.
The most useful part. Reviews and Readers comments on Bahaa Taher’s Novel. Asubtle, complex love story, three-dimensional characters and a fully realizedsocial world.
I must acknowledge Barbara Romaine for her monastety of this book, it is simply flawless. But this is no simple didactic tale.
Aunt Safiyya and the Monastery- Novel by Bahaa Taher
This novel, his most recent, is the first to appear in English. Hence a translation of one of his works is particularly welcome. This ssafiyya, taut novel is a very good answer to anyone who believes Egypt is only about Nasser, one-eyed Nefertiti idols, or political irresolve.
Bahaa’ Taher is questioning the source of this evil, hate, and violence that evolved between the peoples of the same land.
The book can be of great use to any student engaged in the study of both Egyptian society and Arabic literature. While monastrry wishes the author would write an historic novel based upon the relations of the monophysites and neighboring sects through the ages, Taher achieves something perhaps greater; creating his own byzantine while never imposing an entirely personalized view -or judgment- upon his very believable characters.
Taher has a magical gift for evoking the village life of Upper Egypt-a vastly different setting than urban Cairo and a landscape that tourists usually glimpse only from the windows of trains and buses taking them to the Pharaonic sites. This annd a fascinating novel by a fine and very distinguished writer.
I rarely read Mideastern literature because I generally find it less monwstery engrossing. But the entirely personal and private flavor of it takes its strength from the vignettes of the main characters.
Aunt Safiyya and the Monastery
The text also flows idiomatically. I only used the glossary once – for curiousity not meaning. Here, where Christians and Muslims have coexisted peacefully for centuries, where the traditions of the Coptic Church are as powerful as those of the Muslims, Taher crafts an intricate and compelling tale of far-reaching implications. About the Author Bahaa’ Taherwho lives in Geneva, has written three novels monastfry several collections of short stories.
And I’d quite comfortable but the introduction at the back With a powerful narrative voice and a genius for capturing the complex nuances of human interaction, Taher brilliantly depicts the poignant drama of a traditional society caught up in the process of change.
Safiyya, the narrator’s aunt, is an orphan girl who was taken in by his parents and brought up by them. The book stands quite safiyyx on its own, thankyou. Readers Comments A tender novel with a strong message of love Reviewer: It is a tale of honor and of the terrible demands of blood vengeance; it probes the question of how a people or nation can become divided against itself.
Romaine has rendered an immense service to non-Arabic readers by introducing them to an important writer of the Arab world. Books Digital Products Journals. The narrator’s father and an old monk, Bishai, join forces–Muslim and Christian–to protect Harbi.
Aunt Safiyya and the Monastery
Bahaa’s style reflects his tender feelings and a sense of nostalgia for the past, the ‘good old’ and peaceful days. Safiyyz it to your “must read” list – you’ll be well rewarded. The story weaves together a tale social difference Muslim, Copt, tenent farmer.