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Fate of a Cockroach and Other Plays

Tawfiq al-Hakim, translated by Denys Johnson-Davies
Fate of a Cockroach and Other Plays
ISBN: 978-0-89410-197-7
1980/184 pages


Includes The Song of Death, The Sultan's Dilemma, and Not a Thing Out of Place, as well as the title play, an absurdist comedy.


Tawfiq al-Hakim is Egypt's most famous playwright, as well as one of its most important essayists and novelists. His clear and unaffected style has contributed to the formation of modern Arabic. The late Denys Johnson-Davies published more than twenty-five volumes of stories, novels, plays, and poetry translated from modern Arabic literature. He lives in Cairo.