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Monarch of the Square
An Anthology of Muhammad Zafzaf’s Short Stories

Translated from the Arabic by Mbarek Sryfi and Roger Allen

Paper $29.95s    |    978-0-8156-3369-3    |    2014

ebook 978-0-8156-5296-0

"Zafzaf offers visions of Moroccan culture and its traditions in an easygoing style that is well-nigh incomparable."—World Literature Today

"A dazzling array of the most unlikely of literary heroes. It is a welcome first introduction to Zafzaf’s writing in translation; we can only hope that more will follow."—Journal for the Society of Contemporary Thought and Islamicate World

"The translation remains faithful to the original while at the same time it preserves a certain local color, an accent of sorts that conveys the Moroccan flavors of the stories. This anthology helps to fill a huge gap in the library of Arabic literature in translation."—William Granara, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

"The stories provide key insights and commentary on social and cultural transformations in the modern Moroccan scene and offer profound reflections on the human condition. They reflect Zafzaf’s concern with many issues that are still poignantly current today, such as: how individuals struggle to survive, how they cope with social marginalization and disillusionment, and how one can navigate identity in a world of often conflicting and paradoxical realities."—Ahmed Idrissi Alami, Purdue University

  Monarch of the Square

Muhammad Zafzaf   Muhammad Zafzaf (1945–2001) was one of the most prominent writers of the Maghreb. The author of dozens of novels and short stories, Zafzaf was celebrated for his innovative, modernist, and aesthetic literature rooted in the detailed daily anxieties of the ordinary Moroccan. Mbarek Sryfi is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and an adjunct assistant professor at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey. His translations have appeared in CELAAN, Metamorphos, World Literature Today, and Banipal. Roger Allen is Sascha Jane Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics, School of Arts and Sciences, and professor emeritus of Arabic and comparative literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

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