Sentence to Hope: A Sa'dallah Wannous Reader

Author:   Sa'dallah Wannous ,  Robert Myers ,  Nada Saab
Publisher:   Yale University Press
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9780300221343


Pages:   464
Publication Date:   03 May 2019
Format:   Hardback
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The first major English-language collection of plays and essays by Syrian playwright Sa'dallah Wannous Sa'dallah Wannous is acknowledged to be one of the Arab world's most significant playwrights, writers, and intellectuals of the twentieth century. This is the first major English-language collection that brings together his most significant plays and essays. Selections include the groundbreaking 1969 play An Evening's Entertainment for the Fifth of June, a scathing indictment of the duplicity of Arab leaders during the 1967 War, as well as Wannous's most celebrated play, Rituals of Signs and Transformations, a bold treatment of homosexuality, prostitution, clerical corruption, and the quest for female liberation. In addition to his work as a playwright, Wannous, like Brecht, was an astute theatrical and cultural critic, and his essays, some of which are included here, offer shrewd diagnoses of the ills of Arab society and the essential role of theater in ameliorating them.

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Author:   Sa'dallah Wannous ,  Robert Myers ,  Nada Saab
Publisher:   Yale University Press
Imprint:   Yale University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 12.70cm , Height: 3.00cm , Length: 19.70cm
ISBN:  

9780300221343


ISBN 10:   0300221347
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   03 May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Wannous has long been recognized throughout the Arab world as the most significant modern Arabic dramatist. With his recent discovery by major Western theatres, his global reputation is now growing, making this first major survey of his work especially important.--Marvin Carlson, Graduate Center, CUNY It is a gift to have these politically trenchant and philosophically rich works by Syria's most justly celebrated playwright available in these fresh, vital new translations. An important and timely contribution that should bring Wannous' work to the attention of a new generation.--Derek Goldman, Director, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Georgetown University This reader introduces Anglophone readers to one of the most important and courageous Arab playwrights in the second half of the 20th century. In addition to four of his brilliant works, articles, essays, and interviews provide a rich portrait of a great Syrian intellectual. --Sinan Antoon, author of The Corpse Washer


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Sa'dallah Wannous(1941-1997) is one of the greatest modern playwrights to have written in Arabic. Robert Myers is director of the Center for American Studies at the American University of Beirut. Nada Saab is an associate professor of Arabic studies at Lebanese American University.

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