Modern Arabic literature remains little known and poorly understood despite growing curiosity among European readers.
This brief introduction offers a unique overview, focusing on developments over the last fifty years. It provides a guide to the literary landscape, indicating the major landmarks in the shape of authors, ideas and debates.
The picture that emerges shows that the literature of the modern Arab world, Europe’s closest neighbour, is not so far from us as we are sometimes encouraged to think.
About the Author
David Tresilian has taught at Columbia University, the American University of Cairo, Cairo University and the University of Paris XIII. He has been at the American University of Paris since 1999. He has worked as a consultant for UNESCO and is editorial consultant to The Cairo Review of Books.
About the Publisher
Saqi Books is a leading independent publisher of trade and academic books on the Middle East and North Africa with two imprints: Westbourne Press is committed to releasing engaging works that offer an alternative, progressive perspective on the leading issues of our time, and Telegram publishes new and classic international writing.