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Spectres

A stimulating read...it raises difficult questions' - Al Ahram Weekly Spectres tells the story of Radwa and Shagar, two women born on the same day. The narrative alternates between their childhoods, their days at work, their married and unmarried lives, and the two books they are writing, both called Spectres. This lively metafictional narrative moves back and forth between Radwa's novel Spectres and Shagar's history Spectres (about the massacre at Deir Yassin, a Palestinian Arab village near Jerusalem in April 1948), Ashour unites the projects o history and literature and blurs the boundaries between the personal and the political in one compellingly readable meditation on contemporary life in a fractured world.

Radwa Ashour, a highly acclaimed Egyptian writer and scholar, is the author of more than fifteen books of fiction, memoir, and criticism; amongst them, 'Siraaj' and 'Granada' have been published in English. She is a recipient of the Constantine Cavafy Prize for Literature.

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