With more than 21,000 copies in print of"Women Of Sand And Myrrh," and more than15,000 copies of "The Story OfZahra," Hanan al-Shaykh is the best known and mostadmired woman writer of the Arab world. The paperbackpublication of "Zahra" will bringthis passionate and courageous novel to a muchlarger group of readers. Its haunting story of ayoung Lebanese woman who attempts to stem theviolence in Beirut by initiating a sexual liaison with asniper has "lifted the corner of a darkcurtain" ("Sunday Telegraph" )from a world that fascinates usall.
"The Story Of Zahra is a classic by any standards."--Village Voice Literary Supplement.
"This rich tale mesmerizes with its frank sexuality and scenes of war-torn Beirut."--Publishers Weekly.