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Hanan Al-Shaykh

Lebanon (b.1945)

Hanan Al-Shaykh was born in 1945 in Beirut, Lebanon. She grew up in a conservative part of town called Ras al-naba where she went to a traditional Muslim primary school for girls. Al-Shaykh began writing at a young age and by sixteen had essays published in the newspaper she would eventually work for, al-Nahar. She attended the Ameri-can College for Girls in Cairo, Egypt from 1963 to 1966. After her graduation she worked in television in Beirut and as a journalist for a women’s magazine, Al-Hasna, before landing a job at al-Nahar in 1968. She worked at the newspaper until 1975.

   The Story of Zahra (1986)
   Women of Sand & Myrrh (1989)
   Beirut Blues (1992)
   Only in London (2001)
   The Occasional Virgin (2018)
   I Sweep the Sun Off Rooftops (1994)
   Beirut 39 (2010)
   One Thousand and One Nights (2011)
   Road Stories (2012) (with others)
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Hanan Al-Shaykh recommends
Mother of Strangers (2022)
Suad Amiry
"I was bedazzled by Mother of Strangers. How extraordinarily brave to weave a story about the destruction of one's city, the displacement of family--separating lovers young and old--and the beginning of the end of Palestine. I loved that Suad Amiry based her novel on a true story. I loved the humor as I clutched my heart."
The Hidden Light of Objects (2014)
Mai Al-Nakib
"The old world and the new. The strife in the Gulf, once peaceful and reflective. East and West, Arabic and English, the poetry of the heart, the eye of the hawk; all these elements produce the lustrous pearls of Mai Al-Nakib's short stories."

Books containing stories by Hanan Al-Shaykh
I Am Heathcliff (2018)
Stories Inspired by Wuthering Heights
edited by
Kate Mosse

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