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Critical Perspectives on Yusuf Idris

Roger Allen, editor
ISBN: 978-0-89410-672-9
1994/180 pages
"Allen has made a judicious and balanced selection.... All written by well-known scholars and critics, the selected studies analyze a representative number of Idris's works and make available in one handy book an intelligent introduction to his fictional and dramatic universe and a good evaluation of his literary legacy. A unique autobiographical piece written in English by himself in 1983 is a valuable addition to the volume. So is the bibliography of works by and about Idris at the end of the book."—Issa J. Boullata, World Literature Today


Yusuf Idris is considered by many to be the greatest contemporary short-story writer working in Arabic. The 17 critical essays in this collection—some by critics in the Arab world and others by Western specialists on modern Arabic fiction and drama—are organized in sections devoted to Idris's short stories, novels, and plays. Each section includes studies that adopt a general perspective, as well as those that focus on particular works. The volume includes a biographical sketch of Idris and a comprehensive bibliography. An essay written by Idris himself in English describes in poignant detail the circumstances of his early life.


Roger Allen is professor of Arabic language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Author of The Arabic Novel and editor of Modern Arabic Literature, he is also translator of many works of Arabic fiction, including novels by Naguib Mahfouz and Jabra Ibrahim Jabra.