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Modern Literature of the Gulf


Barbara Michalak-Pikulska

This book contains a selection of texts in Arabic Languages from the Gulf countries.
The preceding study describes the beginnings of the literary movement in the Gulf region and presents the range of problems that appear in the regional literature. In this young and unknown literature reference is made to history as well as to social, political and cultural changes taking place in these countries. Without profound knowledge, a full understanding of the significance would be impossible.
The selected works have intentionally not been translated to allow the reader an independent analysis. The author offers an outline of modern short story writing from the Gulf countries (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Emirates and Kuwait) for all those interested in modern Arabic literature.
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The Kingdom of Bahrain


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عبدالله خليفة - البحرين


إلى أين يسير هذا الطابور الدامي الأقدام ؟

لا أثر للقرية أو القصر أو البحر أو الحدائق أو النسمات الشمالية ، تلال من الرمل وحقل من النخيل الشيطاني ومرتفعات صخرية ومنخفضات كأفواه جائعة ، والشمس هذا البركان المتنقل المتفجر يرسل قذائفه في الوجوه وهذا الطابور يزحف بمعاوله ورفوشه وجراراته وخيامه وعرقه وأرقه وصرخاته وسياطه مجتاحاً الرمال والأعشاب والصخور والتلال والنخيل، خيوطاً من الدخان تعلو فوقه ، يشق طريقه مخلفاً خطاً أسود ودماً وعظاماً وبقايا الطعام ..

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