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Narrating Kuwait Acollection of Kuwaiti Short Stories in english translation

Auther : D.R. Mohamed Farkal , D.R. Layla Al maleh

Translatorsص Note

Narrating Kuwait: 20 Kuwaiti Short Stories, is concerned with Kuwaiti life over the last thirty years. The stories are translated from Arabic into English by two professors of English language and literature at Kuwait University. Both are experienced translators, thus it comes about that the stories have, even in English, an incisive literary flavor. What will certainly entertain the general reader who knows Kuwait or who wants to know something about Kuwait is the sense of irony that prevails in most of the stories. Family matters, betrothal, marriage, love, order, and displeasing relatives are dealt with in a gentle, often lightly mocking way. The verbal impact is often accompanied by a painting or drawing. Some of those reproduced in this volume are by the writers themselves.

Many of these contemporary stories point back, obviously, to the traumatic events of 1990-1991. Thus we hear guns on the horizon, see a bullet fired in revenge, hear a prisoner of war in his cell or witness a mother running around searching out milk for her baby during curfew hours. Courtship and engagement as they appear in the stories are often developed in paradoxical ways by mobile phone or anonymity, or in voyeurism through a hostel window, and sometimes despite the financial trouble of immigrant laborers.

It is a broad, inclusive collection of Kuwaiti writing, the first of its kind in English, and will be of great interest to those living and working in a bilingual culture such as this one, as well as to the general reader anxious to learn about the literature of the region.

 

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