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Johnson-Davies, Denys

Works: 229 works in 828 publications in 2 languages and 19,884 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Biography  Autobiographies  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Novels  Biographies 
Roles: Editor, Translator, Author, Other, Compiler, Author of introduction
Classifications: PJ7694.E8, 892.736
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Most widely held works by Denys Johnson-Davies
Goha, the wise fool by Denys Johnson-Davies( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,074 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of fourteen tales about the folk hero Nasreddin Hoca, also known as Goha, a man with a reputation for being able to answer difficult questions in a clever way
The essential Tawfiq al-Hakim : plays, fiction, autobiography by Tawfīq Ḥakīm( )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 1,021 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The importance of Tawfiq al-Hakim (1898-1989) to the emergence of a modern Arabic literature is second only to that of Naguib Mahfouz. In this volume, Tawfiq al-Hakim's fame as a playwright is given prominence. Tawfiq al-Hakim produced several of the earliest examples of the novel in Arabic; included in this volume is an extract from his best known work in that genre, the delightful Diary of a Country Prosecutor, in which he draws on his own experience as a public prosecutor in the Egyptian countryside. Three of the many short stories he published are also included, as well as an extract from The Prison of Life, an autobiography in which Tawfiq al-Hakim writes with commendable frankness about himself."--Jacket
The essential Yusuf Idris : masterpieces of the Egyptian short story by Yūsuf Idrīs( )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Yusuf Idris (1927-91), who belonged to the same generation of pioneering Egyptian writers as Naguib Mahfouz and Tawfiq al-Hakim, is widely celebrated as the father of the Arabic short story, just as Mahfouz is considered the father of the Arabic novel. He studied and practiced medicine, but his interests were in politics and the support of the nationalist struggle, and in writing-and his writing, whether in his regular newspaper columns or in his fiction, often reflected his political convictions. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature more than once, and when the prize went to Naguib Mahfouz in 1988, Idris felt that he had been passed over because of his outspoken views on Israel. In all, Yusuf Idris wrote some twelve collections of superbly crafted short stories, mainly about ordinary, poor people, many of which have been translated into English and are included in this collection, along with an extract from one of his novels, in this collection of the best of his work."--Jacket
In a fertile desert : modern writing from the United Arab Emirates by Denys Johnson-Davies( )

8 editions published between 1900 and 2009 in English and held by 882 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here, for the first time, is a volume of short stories from this commercially and culturally vital and vibrant center of the Arab world. Life before oil in this region was harsh, and many of the stories in this collection-by both men and women from all corners of the country-tell of those times and the almost unbelievable changes that have come about in the space of two generations. Some tell of the struggles faced in the early days, while others bring the immediate past and the present together, revealing that the past, with all its difficulties and dangers, nonetheless possesses a certain no
Final night : short stories by Buthaynah Nāṣirī( )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Love and death and the passage between entry into the world and exit from it are the focus of this collection of short stories. Buthaina Al Nasiri is an Iraqi author who has lived in Cairo since 1979. Despite this physical and temporal distance from her homeland, much of her material derives from it and many of the stories in this collection reflect her deeply felt nostalgia for Iraq. In contrast to many contemporary female writers, she confesses to being less interested in the position of women in society than in that of people in general and the sufferings they experience between birth and the end of life. None the less, some of her best stories depict the many-colored relationships that exist between the sexes. Buthaina Al Nasiri's work has been widely translated into European languages, but this is the first volume of her stories to appear in English, for which renowned translator Denys Johnson-Davies has selected work from a career of short-story writing spanning some thirty years."--Publisher's description
Distant view of a minaret and other stories by Alīfah Rifʻat( Book )

28 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More convincingly than any other woman writing in Arabic today, Alifa Rifaat lifts the veil on what it means to be a woman living within a traditional Muslim society." So states the translator's foreword to this collection of the Egyptian author's best short stories. Rifaat (1930-1996) did not go to university, spoke only Arabic, and seldom traveled abroad. This virtual immunity from Western influence lends a special authenticity to her direct yet sincere accounts of death, sexual fulfillment, the lives of women in purdah, and the frustrations of everyday life in a male-dominated Islamic environment. Translated from the Arabic by Denys Johnson-Davies, the collection admits the reader into a hidden private world, regulated by the call of the mosque, but often full of profound anguish and personal isolation. Badriyya's despairing anger at her deceitful husband, for example, or the haunting melancholy of "At the Time of the Jasmine," are treated with a sensitivity to the discipline and order of Islam
The Anchor book of modern Arabic fiction by Denys Johnson-Davies( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Featuring the work of 79 outstanding writers from all over the Arabic-speaking world, from Morocco in the west to Iraq in the east, Syria in the north to Sudan in the south, this treasury of Arab voices is diverse in styles and concerns, but united by a common language. It spans the full history of modern Arabic literature, from its roots in western cultural influence at the end of the nineteenth century to the present-day flowering of Naguib Mahfouz's literary sons and daughters.--From publisher description
Season of migration to the north by al-Ṭayyib Ṣāliḥ( Book )

53 editions published between 1969 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When a young man returns to his village in the Sudan after many years studying in Europe, he finds that among the familiar faces there is now a stranger -- the enigmatic Mustafa Sa'eed. As the two become friends, Mustafa tells the younger man the disturbing story of his own life in London after the First World War. Lionized by society and desired by women as an exotic novelty, Mustafa was driven to take brutal revenge on the decadent West and was, in turn, destroyed by it. Now the terrible legacy of his actions has come to haunt the small village at the bend of the Nile. The story of a man undone by a culture that in part created him, Season of Migration to the North is a powerful and evocative examination of colonization in two vastly different worlds."--Back cover
Echoes of an autobiography by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of sayings and parables by an Egyptian writer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. In Do Not Curse, he writes: "Do not curse the world for it hardly has a hand in what occurs in it," and in A Heartbeat, he writes: "A single beat from the heart of a lover is capable of driving out a hundred sorrows." The pieces range in length from a page to a sentence
Hunger by Muḥammad Bisāṭī( )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mohamed El-Bisatie's novel is set in the Egyptian countryside, about which he writes with such understanding. Episodic in form, it deals with a family - Zaghloul the layabout father, Sakeena the long-suffering wife, and two young boys. The central theme of the book is hunger: the hunger of not knowing where one's next meal is coming from, and the universal hunger for sex and love." "Sakeena's life revolves round trying to provide her family with the necessary daily loaves of bread that will stave off starvation. Labor-shy 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, which he would have liked to know more about, if only he had been an educated man. He is also intrigued by the stories told by young university students about their sexual exploits. Eventually chance presents him with a new job: to keep an elderly and obese man company and help him on and off the mule he uses to get around." "In the meantime, Zahir, the elder son, although lacking the advantages of any sort of education, nonetheless shows more initiative than his father, and discovers his own way of contributing to the family bread larder."--Jacket
The essential Naguib Mahfouz by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Naguib Mahfouz, the first and only writer of Arabic to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, wrote prolifically from the 1930s until shortly before his death in 2006, in a variety of genres: novels, short stories, plays, screenplays, a regular weekly newspaper column, and in later life his intensely brief and evocative Dreams. His Cairo Trilogy achieved the status of a world classic, and the Swedish Academy of Letters in awarding him the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature noted that Mahfouz "through works rich in nuance--now clear-sightedly realistic, now evocatively ambiguous--has formed an Arabic narrative art that applies to all mankind". Here Denys Johnson-Davies, described by Edward Said as "the leading Arabic-English translator of our time," makes an essential selection of short stories and extracts from novels and other writings, to present a cross-section through time of the very best of the work of Egypt's Nobel literature laureate. --Book Jacket
Home coming : sixty years of Egyptian short stories( )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short story writing in Egypt was still in its infancy when Denys Johnson-Davies, described by Edward Said as "the leading Arabic-English translator of our time" arrived in Cairo as a young man in the 1940s. Nevertheless, he was immediately impressed by such writing talents of the time as Mahmoud Teymour, Yahya Hakki, Yusuf Gohar, and the future Nobel literature laureate Naguib Mahfouz, and he set about translating their works for local English-language periodicals of the time. He continued to translate over the decades, and sixty years later he brings together this remarkable overview of the work of several generations of Egypt's leading short story writers. This selection of some fifty stories represents not only a cross-section through time but also a spectrum of styles, and includes works by Teymour, Hakki, Gohar, and Mahfouz and later writers such as Mohamed El-Bisatie, Said el-Kafrawi, Bahaa Taher, and Radwa Ashour, as well as new young writers of today like Hamdy El-Gazzar, Mansoura Ez Eldin, and Youssef Rakha
Arabic short stories( Book )

10 editions published between 1983 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects twenty-four short stories by Arabic authors such as Bahaa Taher, Alifa Rifaat, and Edward El-Kharrat, which explore such themes as prostitution, adultery, and arranged marriage
Modern Arabic short stories by Denys Johnson-Davies( Book )

33 editions published between 1967 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern Arabic Short Stories, selected and translated by Denys Johnson-Davies, is a selection by contemporary authors from several Arab lands including Egypt, Lebanon. Syria, and Iraq. They represent an interesting phase in the overall continuing resurgence of Arabic literature and give some indication of the way Arab men and women view the modern world
The time and the place and other stories by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of stories details the lives of Cairo residents as they try to survive poverty, brood over death, and endure outmoded traditions
Fate of a cockroach : four plays of freedom by Tawfīq Ḥakīm( Book )

16 editions published between 1973 and 1980 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Egyptian short stories by Denys Johnson-Davies( Book )

25 editions published between 1978 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Under the naked sky : short stories from the Arab world( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and Arabic and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on an intimate knowledge of modern Arabic writing, Denys Johnson-Davies brings together a colourful mosaic of life as lived and portrayed by Arabs from Morocco to Iraq
The tree climber : a play in two acts by Tawfīq Ḥakīm( Book )

16 editions published between 1966 and 1986 in English and Arabic and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Tree Climber, a detective, a lizard, a time-traveling dervish, and a magic tree all help to turn the quiet life of a married couple upside down."--The Publisher
Tigers on the tenth day and other stories by Zakarīyā Tāmir( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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ʿAbd al-Wadūd 1922-

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Abdul Wadood 1922-

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Ǧūnsūn Daifīz, Dīnis 1922-2017

Ǧūnsūn-Dayfīz, Dīnīs 1922-

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جونسون-ديفز، دنيس

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جونسون ديڤيز, دينيس

جونسون-ديڤيز، عبد الودود

دنيس جونسون ديفز

دنيس جونسون ديفز مترجم كندي

ديفز، دنيس جونسون

ديڤيز، دينيس جونسون

ジョンソン-デイヴィーズ, デニス

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The essential Tawfiq al-Hakim : plays, fiction, autobiographyThe essential Yusuf Idris : masterpieces of the Egyptian short storyIn a fertile desert : modern writing from the United Arab EmiratesFinal night : short storiesDistant view of a minaret and other storiesThe Anchor book of modern Arabic fictionSeason of migration to the northEchoes of an autobiography