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978-1-4985-0466-9 • Hardback • September 2018 • $99.00 • (£76.00)
978-1-4985-0467-6 • eBook • September 2018 • $89.00 • (£68.00)
Hilla Peled-Shapira is professor of modern Arabic literature at Bar-Ilan and Ariel Universities.
Chapter One: Gha’ib Tu’ma Farman and His Generation—an Introduction
Chapter Two: Opposition Intellectuals in Iraq through the Prism of Language and Style—Farman
Chapter Three: Being an Opposition Intellectual in Iraq—the Model of Circles of Criticism
Chapter Four: Memories of Baghdad
The Prose Works of Gha'ib Tu'ma Farman is a welcome contribution to the growing number of studies about modern Iraqi literature. [an] incisive and thoroughly researched study . . . The book, therefore, contextualizes Farman's life and work in an engaging way that should be a useful model for future scholarship on Arabic literature, a field that is sorely lacking in similar book-length studies of individual authors, and specifically those that deal with Iraqi writers. . . . [the book] should find an enthusiastic readership among both scholars and students of Arabic literature as well as other readers interested in the connections among leftist politics, Marxist thought, and writing in the Global South. The book's extensive footnotes and bibliography will prove useful to specialists working on modern Iraqi literature.
— Arab Studies Journal
Iraq experienced a cultural and literary renaissance after World War II, which produced outstanding works of poetry and prose. Hilla Peled Shapira's fascinating monograph, studying the life and works of Iraqi writer Gha'ib Ta'ma Farman, celebrates this renaissance by uncovering novels and stories of an important writer whose oeuvre was crucial to Iraqi literary canon, and yet did not receive the critical attention it deserved. The book tells a story of a generation of Iraqi authors who belonged to the radical and leftist Iraqi intelligentsia, the public sphere they operated in, and the many ways in which Farman's prose captures this sphere, both in Iraq and in exile, when it was no longer possible to be a leftist writer in Iraq. Peled Shapira combines close readings of Farman's beautiful prose, and insightful analysis of the Iraqi cultural scene, to contextualize Farman's works and to understand his positions on the role of the intellectual in modern society on the one hand, and the particular role that the leftist intellectual assumed in Iraq, on the other. Tackling issues of language, revolutionary writing, secularism, and political criticism, the book reflects on Farman's writings on humans, demons, and animals, urban and rural spaces, and free and enslaved individuals. Peled Shapira not only deconstructs, with nuance and affection, important literary works, but also underlines, how historical memory shaped their imagery and politics. A necessary read for all who admire Iraqi and Arabic literature and culture.
— Orit Bashkin, The University of Chicago