That Smell is Sonallah Ibrahimas 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. That Smell is Sonallah Ibrahimas modernist masterpiece and one of the most influential novels written in Arabic since WWII. Composed after a five-year term in prison, the semi-autobiographical story follows a recently released political prisoner as he wanders through Cairo, adrift in his native city. Living under house arrest, he tries to write of his tortuous experience, but instead smokes, spies on the neighbors, visits old lovers, and marvels at Egyptas new consumer culture. Published in 1966, That Smell was immediately banned and the print-run confiscated. The original, uncensored version did not appear in Egypt for another twenty years. For this edition, translator Robyn Creswell has also included an annotated selection of the authoras Notes from Prison, Ibrahimas prison diariesaa personal archive comprising hundreds of handwritten notes copied onto Bafra-brand cigarette papers and smuggled out of jail. These stark, intense writings shed unexpected light on the sources and motives of Ibrahimas groundbreaking novel. Also included in this edition is Ibrahimas celebrated essay about the writing and reception of That Smell.We would walk down the broad white steps and over the colored paving stones, open the gardena#39;s squeaky gate and go out into the wide and noiseless ... Inside the wardrobe were closed drawers with my cousina#39;s things arranged in rows.
|Title||:||That Smell and Notes from Prison|
|Publisher||:||New Directions Publishing - 2013-02-19|