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1,001 Proverbs from Tunisia

Issac Yetiv
ISBN: 978-0-89410-615-6
1987/150 pages


The son of a Tunisian Jewish family, Yetiv attempts to preserve some of the wisdom contained in a tradition that may be dying out. Each proverb is presented in transliterated Arabic, with both a literal English translation and an alternative translation that provides a context more familiar to a Western reader.


Yetiv assembled the proverbs by drawing on his own memory and on interviews with older Tunisians now scattered on three continents. The book includes a thematic index and a preface by Hédi Bouraoui.