Journals Higher Education



Published: 07 November 2007

112 Pages

5 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9789774161070

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The Smiles of the Saints

A Modern Arabic Novel

Ibrahim Farghali

A Publication of The American University in Cairo Press

Twenty-year-old Haneen has just returned to Egypt after an absence of fifteen years spent mostly in a Parisian boarding school, cut off from all family save for sporadic visits from her father, Rami. She has been summoned back by her father's twin sister, who gives her an envelope containing his diaries, the last section of which is missing. Reading Rami's account of the passionate love affairs and tortured spiritual adventures of his youth, Haneen begins to unravel the riddle of a family she has barely known. Herself the child of a Muslim-Christian marriage, Haneen, in love with a Jewish man, is considering adding a further religious dimension to her family. But someone is carefully watching the proceedings, a figure from the past.