So You May See

by Mona Prince

So You May See Synopsis

This audacious novel opens with Ayn as she reflects on the act of writing and wonders if love alone is sufficient subject for a narrative. Haltingly at first, she weaves the tale of her love affair with Ali with witty asides about her own writing, and the limits and self-deceptions that are at the heart of all storytelling. As the story finds its way, through sea and desert, and the realms of mysticism and magic, we learn of a passionate, volatile relationship, one severely tested through countless separations, of Ayn's relationships with other men, including her intense encounters with a Corsican ex-convict, and of her own desire to escape the confines of marriage, even to the man she loves. Disarmingly candid in the telling, So You May See leads us gently into a revolt, a fierce rebuttal of conventional romantic literature and an indictment of the sexual mores and unquestioned attitudes to marriage and relationships in contemporary Egypt.

Book Information

ISBN: 9789774164446
Publication date: 30th April 2011
Author: Mona Prince
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 168 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Mona Prince

Mona Prince was born in Cairo in 1970. She is associate professor of English Literature at Suez Canal University in Egypt. She has published novels and short stories in Arabic, and has translated both poetry and short stories.

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