The Waiting List: An Iraqi Woman's Tales of Alienation by Daisy Al-AmirThe Waiting List: An Iraqi Woman's Tales of Alienation by Daisy Al-Amir

The Waiting List: An Iraqi Woman's Tales of Alienation

byDaisy Al-AmirTranslated byBarbara ParmenterIntroduction byMona Mikhail

Paperback | January 1, 1994

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Daisy Al-Amir is one of the more visible figures in women's fiction in the Arab world today. This collection of stories, originally published in Lebanon as Ala La'ihat al-Intizar, is the most recent of her five publications. Her stories intimately reflect women's experiences in the chaotic worlds of the Lebanese civil war and the rise of Saadam Hussain as Iraq's leader. Set in Iraq, Cyprus, and Lebanon, the stories shed light on an unusual Middle East refugee experience—that of a cultural refugee, a divorced woman who is educated, affluent, and alone.

Al-Amir is also a poet and novelist, whose sensual prose grows out of a long tradition of Iraqi poetry. But one also finds existential themes in her works, as Al-Amir tries to balance what seems fated and what seems arbitrary in the turbulent world she inhabits. She deals with time and space in a minimalist, surreal style, while studying the disappointments of life through the subjective lens of memory. Honestly facing the absence of family and the instability of place, Al-Amir gives lifelike qualities to the inanimate objects of her rapidly changing world.

In addition to the stories, two examples of the author's experimental poems are included. In her introduction, Mona Mikhail places these stories and poems in the context of contemporary Islamic literature and gender studies.

Daisy Al-Amir is a noted Arabic-language poet and novelist. Barbara Parmenter also translated the popular Year of the Elephant: A Moroccan Woman's Struggle for Independence.
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Title:The Waiting List: An Iraqi Woman's Tales of AlienationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:95 pages, 8.49 × 5.51 × 0.3 inPublished:January 1, 1994Publisher:Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies

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ISBN - 10:0292790678

ISBN - 13:9780292790674

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Author's Preface
  • Introduction
  • Autumn's Umbrella
  • For a Pittance
  • On the Waiting List
  • Papers from an Ancient Archive
  • Wag Wag Airport
  • Fires of the Past
  • The Doctor's Prescription
  • Weeping
  • A Crutch in the Head
  • The Cake