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ISBN: HB: 9780300221343

Yale University Press

May 2019

464 pp.

19.7x12.7 cm



Sentence to Hope

A Sa'dallah Wannous Reader

Sa'dallah Wannous is acknowledged to be one of the Arab world's most significant playwrights, writers, and intellectuals of the twentieth century. This first English-language collection brings together his major plays and essays. Selections include the groundbreaking 1969 play "An Evening's Entertainment for the Fifth of June", a scathing indictment of the duplicity of Arab leaders during the 1967 War, as well as Wannous's most celebrated play, "Rituals of Signs and Transformations", a bold treatment of homosexuality, prostitution, clerical corruption, and the quest for female liberation. In addition to his work as a playwright, Wannous, like Brecht, was an astute theatrical and cultural critic, and his essays, some of which are included here, offer shrewd diagnoses of the ills of Arab society and the essential role of theater in ameliorating them.

About the Author

Sa'dallah Wannous(1941-1997) is one of the greatest modern playwrights to have written in Arabic.

Robert Myers is director of the Center for American Studies at the American University of Beirut.

Nada Saab is an associate professor of Arabic studies at Lebanese American University.