Ecstasy of a Feminist Tragedian in New York

The New York Stories by Elizabeth Hardwick My rating: 4 of 5 stars For me this collection divides along a line between story-driven episodes that unfold ideas & characters from a narrative, and pieces that dissolve these elements in a diffuse, intensely poetic, emotionally charged meandering. But perhaps I’m being overly convergent in seeing a… Continue reading Ecstasy of a Feminist Tragedian in New York

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Dreams & Nightmares of Al-Andalus

Granada by Radwa Ashour My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is my second Ashour and takes its place beside The Woman from Tantoura as one of my favourite books. Once again, the author deals with tantalising and difficult material with poetic and thematic subtlety and affectionate warmth for her characters. It opens with a… Continue reading Dreams & Nightmares of Al-Andalus