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Johnson-Davies, Denys

Works: 194 works in 787 publications in 2 languages and 17,567 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Domestic fiction  Short stories  Novels  Juvenile works  Biographies  Anecdotes  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Study guides 
Roles: Editor, Author, Translator, Other, Compiler, Author of introduction, Creator
Classifications: PJ7694.E8, 892.736
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Denys Johnson-Davies
Arabic short stories by Denys Johnson-Davies( Book )

41 editions published between 1967 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,323 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
Goha, the wise fool by Denys Johnson-Davies( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and Arabic and held by 1,199 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
Distant view of a minaret and other stories by Alīfah Rifʻat( Book )

27 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and held by 848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vijftien verhalen over het leven van gewone vrouwen in Egypte, waar de vrouw zich als vanzelfsprekend onderwerpt aan de heerschappij van de man
The Anchor book of modern Arabic fiction( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 806 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
Echoes of an autobiography by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 797 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
Season of migration to the North by al-Ṭayyib Ṣāliḥ( Book )

51 editions published between 1969 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 714 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
The time and the place and other stories by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 668 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
Egyptian short stories by Denys Johnson-Davies( Book )

25 editions published between 1978 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

15 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and Arabic and held by 327 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 3 languages and held by 320 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 Zakaria Tamer( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politieke en sociale satiren, fabels en allegorieën
The wedding of Zein, and other stories by al-Ṭayyib Ṣāliḥ( Book )

31 editions published between 1968 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Wedding of Zein unfolds in the same village on the upper Nile where Tayeb Salih's tragic masterpiece Season of Migration to the North is set. Here, however, the story that emerges through the overlapping, sometimes contradictory voices of the villagers is comic. Zein is the village idiot, and everyone in the village is dumbfounded when the news goes around that he will be getting married -- Zein the freak, Zein who burst into laughter the moment he was born and has kept women and children laughing ever since, Zein who lost all his teeth at six and whose face is completely hairless, Zein married at last? Zein's particular role in the life of the village has been the peculiar one of falling in love again and again with girls who promptly marry another man. It would be unheard of for him to get married himself. In Tayeb Salih's wonderfully agile telling, the story of how this miracle came to be is one that engages the tensions that exist in the village, or indeed in any community: tensions between the devout and the profane, the poor and the propertied, the modern and the traditional. In the end, however, Zein's ridiculous good luck augurs an ultimate reconciliation, opening a prospect of a world made whole"--Page 4 of cover
In a fertile desert : modern writing from the United Arab Emirates( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 164 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 nostalgia. Contributors: Abdul Hamid Ahmed, Roda al-Baluchi, Hareb al-Dhaheri, Nasser Al-Dhaheri, Maryam Jumaa Faraj, Jumaa al-Fairuz, Nasser Jubran, Saleh Karama, Lamees Faris al-Marzuqi, Mohamed al-Mazroui, Ebtisam Abdullah Al-Muʹalla, Ibrahim Mubarak, Mohamed al-Murr, Sheikha al-Nakhy, Mariam Al Saedi, Omniyat Salem, Salma Matar Seif, Ali Abdul Aziz al-Sharhan, Muhsin Soleiman, "Aʹishaa al-Zaʹaby
Final night : short stories by Buthaynah Nāṣirī( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 163 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
The essential Tawfiq al-Hakim : plays, fiction, autobiography by Tawfīq Ḥakīm( Book )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 130 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 Naguib Mahfouz by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 106 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
The essential Yusuf Idris : masterpieces of the Egyptian short story by Yūsuf Idrīs( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 93 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
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Goha, the wise fool
Alternative Names
ʿAbd al-Wadūd 1922-

Abdul Wadood 1922-

Abdul Wadoud 1922-

Abdulwadood 1922-


Davies, Denys J. 1922-

Davies, Denys Johnson-.

Davies Denys Johnson- 1922-....

Denys Johnson-Davies Canadees taalkundige

Denys Johnson-Davies Canadian translator

Ǧūnsūn-Dayfīz, Dīnīs 1922-

Ǧūnsūn-Dayvīz, Dīnīs 1922-

Ǧūnsūn-Dīfīz, Dīnīs 1922-

Ǧūnsūn-Dīvīz, Dīnīs 1922-

Johnson-Davies, D.

Johnson-Davies, D. (Denys)

Johnson Davies, Denys 1922-

Johson-Davies, D.

Jūnsūn-Dīfīz, Dinīs

Jūnsūn-Dīvīz, Dinīs

Wadoud Abdul 1922-....

جونسون-ديفيز، دنيس

جونسون-ديفيز، دنيس، 1938-

جونسون-ديڤيز، دينيس

جونسون-ديڤيز، عبد الودود

دنيس جونسون ديفز

ديفيز، دينيس جونسون، 1938-

دينيس جونسون-ديفيز، 1938-

ديڤيز، دينيس جونسون

ジョンソン-デイヴィーズ, デニス

English (286)

Arabic (7)

Goha, the wise foolDistant view of a minaret and other storiesThe Anchor book of modern Arabic fictionEchoes of an autobiographySeason of migration to the NorthThe time and the place and other storiesEgyptian short storiesUnder the naked sky : short stories from the Arab world