Whatever Happened to Antara?: And Other Stories

Paperback | August 1, 2004

byWalid IkhlassiTranslated byAsmahan Sallah, Chris Ellery

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Walid Ikhlassi evokes the individual's struggle for dignity and significance in the Syrian city of Aleppo during the French mandate of the forties and fifties. His characters' seeking of personal fulfillment parallels the struggle of the nation for self-definition. The changing political and cultural landscape of Syria challenges individuals in their attempts to live lives of integrity, as Ikhlassi provides analytical insights into the civil society of Syria, the axis of his writing.

From the boy Antara who personifies the Arab legend of a half-African slave warrior/hero to everyday middle-aged lovers, Ikhlassi's characters fight colonial oppression and corruption from the newly formed government. Foreign and internal forces challenge the evolution of a modern nation rooted in traditional Arab values. Its strong and determined men and women refuse to accept victimhood. The introduction by author and critic Elizabeth Warnock Fernea places the stories in their historical and literary context.

An avowed experimentalist, Ikhlassi portrays the modern human situation through techniques as widely divergent as realism, surrealism, interior monologue, and stream-of-consciousness. Selections of his work have been translated into English, Russian, French, German, Dutch, Armenian, and other languages.

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Walid Ikhlassi evokes the individual's struggle for dignity and significance in the Syrian city of Aleppo during the French mandate of the forties and fifties. His characters' seeking of personal fulfillment parallels the struggle of the nation for self-definition. The changing political and cultural landscape of Syria challenges indiv...

WALID IKHLASSI is a Syrian short-story writer, novelist, and award-winning playwright. ASMAHAN SALLAH translates both from Arabic into English and from English into Arabic. CHRIS ELLERY, a former Fulbright scholar to Syria, teaches in the English Department at Angelo State University in Texas.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.52 × 5.51 × 0.25 inPublished:August 1, 2004Publisher:Center for Middle Eastern and North African StudiesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292702825

ISBN - 13:9780292702820

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AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart OneA Walnut Tree for This TimeThe AntreekMy Aunt's DreamsThe Elephant EarThe News of Sheikha IbrahimMy Absent CousinMy Brother OmarPart TwoCollapseFor the Sake of Seven DollarsO WaitingWhatever Happened to AntaraThe Picture of the Naked ManLost OrnamentationThe WormAn ExplosionInterview with Walid Ikhlassi