A Man of Letters by Taha Hussein

By Taha Hussein

Taha Hussein (1889-1973), blind from early early life, rose from humble beginnings to pursue a extraordinary profession in Egyptian public existence (he used to be at one time Minister of Education). yet he was once so much influential via his voluminous, diverse, and debatable writings.
He turned recognized by way of the unofficial identify 'Dean of Arabic Letters,' and the celebrated Egyptian critic Louis Awad defined him as "the maximum unmarried highbrow and cultural impact at the literature of his period."
Based at the real tale of a chum of the writer, this novel—unfolding among Cairo and Paris and during bright own correspondence—draws an image of a robust friendship and of a tender man's difficulty: the guy of letters of the identify unearths himself break up between—and in love with—two cultures primarily incompatible, East and West. In his determined fight to reconcile them his soul is estranged and he's thrown—or escapes—deeper into the backstreet abyss of First international warfare Paris. in spite of everything it really is might be the very impracticality of his personal morality that destroys him.

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