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Sultana

Translated from the Arabic by Alex B. Jreisat

Availability: In stock
Published: 2019
Page #: xiv + 420
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-156859-317-3

 
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Ghalib Halasa wrote this controversial novel after living his adult life in exile due to his political beliefs. Sultana (1987) is an experimental coming-of-age tale set in 1950s Cold War Jordan. The narrative follows Jeries as he remembers his adolescence torn between the village and his boarding school in the capital. He tells the intergenerational tale of the indomitable Sultana and her daughter Amira, women from the village whose embrace of their sexual power challenges their society’s customs and attitudes. They lay at the heart of a scandalous conspiracy that leaves Jeries faced with an ultimatum: his ideals or his love. The novel intricately weaves the memories of passion, politics, smuggling, and extortion that forced Jeries from Jordan. The novel’s engagement with these loaded themes and its eroticism guaranteed the novel’s censorship in Jordan until after Halasa’s death in 1989.

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Ghalib Halasa ( 1932 - 89 )

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Note on Translation

PART ONE: The Village
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine

PART TWO: Amman
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight

PART THREE
Tumeh Remembers
Amira Remembers
Jeries Remembers
Sultana Remembers

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