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Arabs and the Art of Storytelling
A Strange Familiarity

Abdelfattah Kilito
Translated from the French by Mbarek Sryfi and Eric Sellin
Foreword by Roger Allen

Paper $19.95s    |    978-0-8156-3518-5    |    2017

Cloth $29.95s    |    978-0-8156-3371-6    |    2014

ebook 978-0-8156-5286-1

"Graceful, thought-provoking, erudite, Abdelfattah Kilito illuminates the Arabic narrative tradition and narrative itself."—Gerald Prince, University of Pennsylvania

"Arabs and the Art of Storytelling showcases Kilito’s signature creativity and boldness as a critic. Sryfi and Sellin, with their thoughtful translation, have done a service to readers of Arabic and to anyone interested in literary culture. The field of Arabic studies is that much richer for their efforts."—Samuel England, University of Wisconsin

"An award-winning Moroccan novelist, essayist, and literary critic, Kilito offers another study of canonical Arab narrative literature."—Choice

2015 French-American Foundation Translation, Prize Finalist

  Arabs and the Art of Storytelling

Abdelfattah Kilito   Abdelfattah Kilito is an acclaimed Moroccan novelist, essayist, and critic. He has written several important works on classical Arabic literature, both in French and Arabic, many of which have been translated into numerous languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, and English. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the French Academy Award in 1996. 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, Metamorphoses, and World Literature Today. Eric Sellin is professor emeritus at Tulane University. He is the author of two books on Antonin Artaud and on early twentieth-century avant-garde movements.

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5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 176 pages, notes, works cited

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