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Catalogue of a Private Life

Catalogue of a Private Life

Author: Najwa Bin Shatwan

Translator: Sawad Hussain   Cover design: Marie Lane   Cover illustration: Hassan Almohtasib  

A collection of short stories by one of the Arab world’s most accomplished and acclaimed writers.

A grandmother who takes on a thief trying to seduce her daughters. A guard who fantasises about killing his general while locked in battle with a non-existent enemy. A film script about Libya’s traffic problems improvised at a workshop. A woman’s letter from her old school, which is now a makeshift refugee camp. A cow straying into a field, breaking an age-old truce between warring factions. The eight stories of Catalogue of a Private Life feel like oft-recounted folktales, where the ordinary has been softly twisted several degrees. Najwa Bin Shatwan navigates the tensions between loyalty and betrayal, ambition and regret, and tenderness and cruelty to weave a portrait of family, war and nation against a stark backdrop of the completely absurd.

RRP: £7.99

No. of pages: 100

Publication date: 02.10.2021

ISBN numbers:
Paperback
978 1 912868 72 8

Rights:
Dedalus World English