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Hunger

Hunger, the hunger of not knowing where one's next meal is coming from, and the hunger for sex and love. Sakeena's life revolves round trying to provide her family with the necessary daily bread that will stave off starvation. Her husband Zaghloul works on and off at one of the village's cafes, but prefers to spend his time listening in on conversations about subjects such as politics. Despite its bleak title, Hunger is told with a lightness of touch and the writer's trademark wry humor.

Mohamed El Bisatie is the author of a number of novels and short story collections, including A Last Glass of Tea (AUC Press, 1994), Houses behind the Trees (AUC Press, 1997), Clamor of the Lake (AUC Press, 2004), and Over the Bridge (AUC Press, 2006). He was awarded the prestigious Oweiss Prize in 2001. Denys Johnson-Davies, described by Edward Said as "the leading Arabic - English translator of our time," began his career with the translation of a collection of short stories in 1947 and has since produced more than thirty volumes of translation of modern Arabic literature. He is the editor of The Essential Tawfiq al-Hakim (AUC Press, 2008).

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