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Theroux, Peter

Works: 32 works in 115 publications in 3 languages and 6,027 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Political fiction  Tours  History  Domestic fiction  Allegories  Historical fiction 
Roles: Author, Translator
Classifications: PJ7846.A46, 892.736
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Most widely held works about Peter Theroux
Most widely held works by Peter Theroux
Children of the alley by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

17 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 1,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in Arabic in 1959, this robust multigenerational arabesque fuses trenchant social allegory and pungent realism in a skein of stories within stories. The "children'' of Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian novelist Mahfouz's title are beggars, peddlars, drug addicts, homeless, swindlers, cripples and ordinary people struggling to survive in a Cairo neighborhood at once modern and timeless. Their "alley'' winds up toward a mansion owned by a capricious, secluded feudal lord who cloisters himself while a succession of tyrannical overseers oppresses the common folk through protection rackets, drug dealing, spies and beatings. The alley - at once a metaphor for Egypt and for all the world - is rife with echoes of the Bible: among the heroes it produces are the shepherd Qassem, who pioneers nonviolent conflict resolution and later leads a militant revolt, and Rifaa, a carpenter's son who exorcises demons. Each of these leaders hears a voice in the desert, that of the feudal lord (known for issuing the "Ten Terms''), exhorting him to demand equal rights for the masses and social justice for all. A brief era of brotherhood and peace dawns before gangsterism, greed and territoriality reassert themselves. In this supple translation, Theroux (author of Sandstorms: Days and Nights in Arabia) skillfully conveys Mahfouz's fierce egalitarian message while capturing his gift for masterly storytelling. Mahfouz combines the universal appeal of archetypal dramatic conflicts--brother murders brother; wife betrays husband into the hands of his enemies; father expels defiant son--with the originality of his own inventive narrative structures. -- Publishers Weekly
Cities of salt by ʻAbd al-Raḥmān Munīf( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 1994 in English and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Originally published in Beirut in 1984, this multipage epic brings to life many of the political issues that have plagued the Mideast for most of this century. Set in an unnamed gulf country that could be Jordan sometime in the 1930s, the novel relates what happens to the bedouin inhabitants of the small oasis community of Wadi al-Uyoun when oil is discovered by Americans. Seen through the eyes of a large and varied cast of bedouin characters, the upheaval caused by the American colonization is shown in various manifestations, from the first contact with the strange foreigners ('Their smell could kill birds!' observes Miteb al-Hathal, who later leads a rebellion of Arab workers when the village of Harran has been made into an American port city) to confused and suspicious descriptions of the sinister 'magic' tools brought by the Americanswhich are in fact bulldozers, automobiles, radios and telephones. The story unfolds at a stately pace over a timespan of many years and provides an endless stream of characters and events, each connected to the next by many threads of plot. Theroux's sensitive translation conveys the subtleties of ambiguity and nuance inherent to the Arab language and culture. Banned in several Mideast countries including Saudi Arabia, this is the first volume of a planned trilogy by a Paris-based Jordanian novelist who holds a law degree from the Sorbonne and a Ph.D. in oil economics from the University of Belgrade. Despite the Lawrence of Arabia setting, Munif writes from a unique vantage point; English-language readers have been given few opportunities before now to look at this situation through native eyes."--Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc." -- from (Feb. 23, 2011.)
Naphtalene : a novel of Baghdad by ʻĀliyah Mamdūḥ( Book )

20 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first novel by an Iraqi woman to be published in the United States, Naphtalene is the coming-of-age story of a young Iraqi girl looking to establish her female identity amidst an oppressive patriarchal society and an impending revolution." "Nine-year-old Huda is fierce, precocious, and - as described by her bullying father - more like a boy than a girl. Through her eyes, we see the growing resistance to British colonial influence in 1950s Baghdad as Huda becomes aware of the restrictions placed on her as an Iraqi girl. Surrounded by unhappy women chained to their fates, free-spirited Huda rebels against the expectations of her society. She explores the sensuality of being a young woman, defying the men who hem her in. Huda's proud journey towards womanhood is framed by Alia Mamdouh's fiery and lyrical prose, which brings us the sights and sounds of Baghdad against the backdrop of political turmoil."--Jacket
Yalo by Ilyās Khūrī( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yalo is a young man growing up like a stray dog on the streets of Beirut during the long years of the Lebanese civil war. Living with his mother, who "lost her face in the mirror," he falls in with a dangerous gang whose violent escapades he treats as a game. The game becomes a frightening reality, however, when Yalo is accused of rape and imprisoned. He is forced to confess to crimes of which he has no recollection. As he writes, and rewrites, he begins to grasp his family's past and recall all that his psyche has buried, and the true Yalo begins to emerge--Publisher
Translating LA : a tour of the Rainbow City by Peter Theroux( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Theroux introduces us to the physical side of LA, taking in the prehistoric La Brea Tar Pits, once the haunt of mastodons and dire wolves, now with pride of place on Wilshire Boulevard; the memorable official tour of Beverly Hills; the paradox of upscale Santa Monica, mecca for the homeless; and a hundred other geographical oddities from the oceanic suburbia of Long Beach to the Casablanca artifacts of the San Fernando Valley
Rites of assent : two novellas by ʻAbd al-Ḥakīm Qāsim( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two novellas by the late Egyptian writer. The first, Al-Mahdi, is on the forcible conversion of a Christian to Islam, while Good News from Afterlife is on a man who meets angels after his death
Saraya, the ogre's daughter : a Palestinian fairy tale by Imīl Ḥabībī( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One moonless night in the summer of 1983, on a boulder off the shore of what once was Al-Zeeb, a Palestinian village north of Acre, the narrator of Emile Habiby's haunting last novel catches a glimpse of a mysterious female figure in the sea. "The episode," he says, "was a kind of key, like the ancient Egyptian key of life ... or a magic instrument, like Aladdin's lamp. I took it up as I began to excavate the mountains of oblivion, trying, as best I could, to penetrate the caverns of memory."" "In the remarkable tale that follows, Habiby's alter-ego - novelist, politician, devoted fisherman - struggles to discover just who or what this apparition was. Saraya, as she is known, is a character in a Palestinian legend about a young girl captured and imprisoned by an ogre. But in Habiby's subtle, dark, and often wryly comic telling, she takes on a fluid host of roles, sometimes shifting in the course of a single page from the flesh-and-blood beloved of the hero's childhood to a whispery symbol of the wadis and ridges around Mount Carmel to a kind of laughing muse. "Who is Saraya and who is the ogre?" he asks himself, early on. Equal parts allegory, folk tale, memoir, political commentary, and ode to a ruined landscape, the book works as an extended attempt to discover the girl's true identity and, in doing so, to reconcile the writer (and his fictional counterpart) with the painful past of his land and his people."--Jacket
Dongola : a novel of Nubia by Idrīs ʻAlī( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this, the first Nubian novel ever translated, Awad Shalali, a Nubian worker in modern Egypt, dreams of Dongola - the capital of medieval Nubia, now lost to the flood waters of the Aswan High Dam. In Dongola, the Nubians reached their zenith. They defeated and dominated Upper Egypt, and their archers, deadly accurate in battle, were renowned as "the bowmen of the glance."" "Halima, Awad's wife, must deal with the reality of today's Nubia, a poverty-stricken bottomland. Men like Awad now work in Cairo for good wages while the women remain at home in squalor, dominated by the Islam of their conquerors and ignorant of the glory now covered by the Nile's water. Left to tend Awad's sick mother and his dying country, Halima grows despondent and learns the truth behind the Upper Egyptian lyric: "Time, you are a traitor - what have you done with my love?"" "Through his character's pain and suffering, Idris Ali paints in vibrant detail, with wit and a keen sense of history's absurdities, the story of cultures and hearts divided, of lost lands - impossible dreams, and abandoned loves."--Jacket
The strange disappearance of Imam Moussa Sadr by Peter Theroux( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Egypte : schatten aan de Nijl( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in Dutch and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De verschillende aspecten van Egypte, met het accent op de Oudheid
The trench by ʻAbd al-Raḥmān Munīf( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman om en by i ørkenen, der lever sit eget liv med indgroede vaner og skikke. Byens skiftende herskere står imidlertid altid på vagt overfor dens luner
Sandstorms : days and nights in Arabia by Peter Theroux( Book )

5 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a journalist stationed in the insular Arabian capital of Riyadh, the author sharply etches what it is like to be an American when speaking Arabic virtually brands one a spy and reading Saudi novels is a forbidden pleasure. The author paints a colorful picture of a complex society teeming with contradictions
Jussifs Gesichter : Roman aus der Mekka-Bar by Najm Wālī( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in German and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jussif und Junis sind Brüder. Als Jungen waren sie beide in dasselbe Mädchen verliebt. Weil sie Jussif bevorzugte, gab Junis ihr einen Kuchen mit Nägeln zu essen. Sie starb, aber nicht Junis, sondern Jussif kam ins Gefängnis dafür. Seitdem ist das Verhältnis der Brüder ein Spiel mit Rollen und Masken, aus dem im Krieg tödlicher Ernst wird. Als Junis nach dem Aufstand gegen Saddam Hussein verschwindet, nimmt Jussif seinen Namen an. Viel zu spät erfährt er, dass sein Bruder als Henker gesucht wird. Niemand will Jussif seine Geschichte und seine Unschuld glauben. Ein gefährlicher Kampf um Namen und Identitäten entbrennt, den nur einer der Brüder gewinnen kann. Ein bewegender, dunkler, intensiver Roman über den Irak - märchenhaft, burlesk und voller politischer Anspielungen
The house of Mathilde by Ḥasan Dāwūd( Book )

2 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

C'est l'histoire d'un immeuble, à Beyrouth, dans les années 70, faite de la somme des histoires de ses résidents, de sorte que les naissances, les mariages, les décès, les comportements quotidiens semblent concerner un seul et même être vivant. La guerre qui éclate n'apparaît que dans les comportements des gens de l'immeuble, jusqu'à l'explosion qui détruit la cage d'escalier et tue Mathilde
The imperiled Nile Delta by Peter Theroux( )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Variations on night and day by ʻAbd al-Raḥmān Munīf( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in the 1930s, the novel depicts the rise to power of sultan Khureybit and the emergence of Mooran as a modern nation"--P. [4] of cover
Cairo - clamorous heart of Egypt by Peter Theroux( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in Undetermined and English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Essay and bibliography for a personal book collection] by Peter Theroux( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Hooks and eyes for a bibliophile's breeches : an essay on book-collecting by Peter Theroux( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Cairo : clamorous heart of Egypt by Peter Theroux( )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Children of the alley
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Peter Theroux American writer and translator

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English (102)

Dutch (1)

German (1)

Cities of saltNaphtalene : a novel of BaghdadYaloTranslating LA : a tour of the Rainbow CityRites of assent : two novellasSaraya, the ogre's daughter : a Palestinian fairy taleDongola : a novel of NubiaThe trench