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.
About the Author
Hanan al-Shaykhis widely regarded as one of the foremost experts on Arab womanhood. Her works include Women of Sand and Myrrh, The Story of Zahra, Beirut Blues and The Locust and the Bird. Tim Supple is one of the world's leading theatre directors and creators. His widely-acclaimed works include Twelfth Night (Channel 4 film), Tales from Ovid, A Servant to Two Masters(both RSC) anda multi-lingual A Midsummer Night's Dream (Dash Arts/world tour).
"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.