That Smell and Notes from Prison

ISBN-10: 0811220362

ISBN-13: 9780811220361

Edition: 2013

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Description: That Smell is Sonallah Ibrahim’s modernist masterpiece and one of the most influential Arabic novels. Composed in the wake of a five-year prison sentence, the semi-autobiographical story follows a recently released political prisoner as he wanders through Cairo, adrift in his native city. Published in 1966, the novel was immediately banned. The original, uncensored version did not appear for another twenty years. For this edition, translator Robyn Creswell has also included an annotated selection of Notes from Prison, culled from Ibrahim’s prison diary — a personal archive comprising hundreds of handwritten notes scribbled on Bafra-brand cigarette papers. These writings shed unexpected light on the sources and motives of Ibrahim’s groundbreaking novel.

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 3/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 120
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Born in Cairo in 1937, Sonallah Ibrahim studied law at Cairo University and was imprisoned in 1959 for his political activities. After his release he spent several years abroad and returned in 1974 to Cairo, where he has lived ever since. In 2004 he was awarded - and pointedly declined - the Egyptian government's prestigious Novelist of the Year prize.

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