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The Tent

The Tent features a host of women characters whose lives are subject to the will of a single, often absent, patriarch and his brutal, foul-mouthed mother. Told through the eyes of a young girl, the lives of the Bedouin and peasant women unfold, revealing the tragedy of the sonless mother, the young girl's relationship with her distant father, and a foreign woman who is well-meaning but ultimately motivated by self-interest.

Miral al-Tahawy was born in 1968 and studied literature at Cairo University. The Tent, her first novel, was widely acclaimed when it was first published in Arabic in 1996 as al-Khibaa'. She has also written a collection of short stories and a second novel, al-Badhingana al-zarqa.

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'a bleak but beautiful tale' - Lonely Planet

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