ARABESQUES ANTON SHAMMAS EBOOK
Attentive readers of the Guardian's news pages will already know about Arabesques. A report from Jerusalem told readers of a first novel. Anton Shammas's novel Arabesques was published ten years earlier, in A In what follows, I propose to read Anton Shammas's Arabesques and the criti-. This essay explores the possibility that Anton Shammas's novel Arabesques tentatively gestures towards what might be described as a.
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Throughout the novel, twinnings and doublings recur with almost as much frequency as The entire section is 1, words.
Unlock This Study Guide Now Start your hour free trial to unlock this 8-page Arabesques study guide and get instant access to the following: A report from Jerusalem told readers of a first novel by a year-old writer which was making a big stir: An equivalent arabesques anton shammas in Britain would be a hardback sale ofThe early pages of Arabesques invite us to think that the book is closer to autobiography than to fiction: We read of puppy love and pranks by boys with bullets and learning about the birds and bees arabesques anton shammas spying on adults.
These are folks who believe in amulets and curses.
We learn some of their sayings: Whether in response to the modernistic penchant for fragmenting the subject, or the need for mimetic veracity toward the reality of the Palestinian diaspora, the line of arabesques anton shammas narrative often twists arabesques anton shammas breaks as it attempts to piece together a coherent family saga from the disparate life stories of the scattered Shammases.
It transpires from these charming vignettes that the gift for storytelling is hereditary in the Shammas family, except that in this case, it is passed not from father to son but from uncle to nephew.
The stories the writer hears from his Uncle Yusef in childhood retain a degree of freshness and vividness seldom encountered in transcribed, let alone translated, oral literature. True to the nature of the arabesque, arabesques anton shammas narrative units are freely arranged in "The Tale" sections of the novel.
The shift is occasioned by a trip the writer makes to Iowa City, via Paris, to participate in an international writers' workshop.