9780292721722

Year of the Elephant: A Moroccan Womans Journey Toward Independence and Other Stories

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  • ISBN13:

    9780292721722

  • ISBN10:

    0292721722

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/15/2009
  • Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr

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Summary

The novella and eight short stories that constitute Year of the Elephant--an allusion to a battle described in the Qur'an--serve as an eloquent representation of life in the wake of Morocco's successful struggle for independence from French occupation. In the titular novella the protagonist, Zahra, has just returned to her hometown after being divorced by her husband for being too traditional and unable to keep up with his modern way of life. Having devoted herself, alongside her husband, to the creation of an independent Morocco, she had expected to share the fruits of independence with him, but instead she finds herself cast out into a strange world. As Zahra struggles to find a place for herself in this new Morocco, her efforts reflect Moroccan society's attempt as a whole to chart a path in the conflict between tradition and modernism. When published in English in 1989, Year of the Elephant was the first novel by a Moroccan woman to be translated from Arabic into English. In the years since, it has become popular with readers for the unique picture it provides of Moroccan life and North African Islamic culture. This revised edition includes an introduction, which looks at the impact of the English translation since its original publication, and a study guide.

Author Biography

Leila Abouzeid is a pioneer among Moroccan women writers. She studied at Mohammed V University in Rabat and at the University of Texas at Austin. She began her career as a radio and TV journalist and also worked as a press assistant in government ministries and in the prime minister's office. In 1992 she left journalism to dedicate herself to writing. Abouzerd's fiction has been translated from Arabic into English, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Maltese, French, Turkish, and Urdu. Barbara Parmenter is a lecturer in the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

From the Year of the Elephant Through the "Years of Lead"p. xi
Introduction to the Revised Edition
Preface to the First Editionp. xvii
Introduction to the First Editionp. xix
Mapp. xxxvi
Year of the Elephant (novella)p. 1
Stories
A House in the Woodsp. 85
A Vacationp. 88
The Discontentedp. 95
Divorce (translated by Salah-Dine Hammoud)p. 98
The Sistersp. 104
An Expensive Dinnerp. 108
The Strangerp. 111
Out of Workp. 116
Glossaryp. 119
Interview with Leila Abouzeid for the Revised Editionp. 121
Study Guidep. 125
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