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The Smell of It & Other Stories - Sonallah Ibrahim

Heinemann, 1971, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper somewhat age-tanned with a little rubbing at the extremities. Edges of the text block lightly tanned as are the margins and spine of the boards. Text complete, clean and tight. A pleasant copy of a not so common title, thus.

Signed by the translator on the first blank — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. First British Edition. From the cover: “These short stories describe the minutiae of everyday feelings, tasks, sensations, routine — the reader is drawn inside the characters and sees the world through their eyes. Some vignettes of suburban life in Cairo (or elsewhere in Egypt) could be likened to Pinter in their style, and it is fascinating to be able to read for the first time in English, description of this kind, small but telling details of people and things in an Arab landscape. The first story, from which the book takes its title, was written in 1964, directly after the author had been released from five years of detention for political activities. It was banned after its publication in February 1966. Nevertheless, this short novel, the first literary work to be banned by Nasser, evoked a controversial reaction in the press. In 1968 it was published in Beirut. In 1969 it was republished in Cairo after certain passages were taken out.”
Size: 8" x 5¼"
Number of Pages: 118
Translator: Denys Johnson-Davies

£45.00 (Now Sold)