The Story of Zahra

By Hanan Al-Shaykh
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780385472067, 224pp.)

Publication Date: December 15, 1996

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With more than 21,000 copies in print of  Women Of Sand And Myrrh, and more than  15,000 copies of The Story Of  Zahra, Hanan al-Shaykh is the best known and most  admired woman writer of the Arab world. The paperback  publication of Zahra will bring  this passionate and courageous novel to a much  larger group of readers. Its haunting story of a  young Lebanese woman who attempts to stem the  violence in Beirut by initiating a sexual liaison with a  sniper has "lifted the corner of a dark  curtain" (Sunday Telegraph )  from a world that fascinates us  all.

Praise For The Story of Zahra

"The Story Of Zahra is a classic by  any standards."--Village Voice  Literary Supplement.  

"This rich tale mesmerizes with its frank sexuality  and scenes of war-torn  Beirut."--Publishers Weekly.

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