Points of the Compass
by Sahar Tawfiq
This collection of short stories, recipient of a 1994 University of Arkansas Press Award for Arabic Literature in Translation, presents one of Egypt’s most innovative contemporary fiction writers. In her first collection published in English, Sahar Tawfiq explores the consciousnesses of young women alienated from their surroundings in today’s rapidly changing Egyptian society. In questioning the place of long-powerful myths and beliefs, she is in the forefront of writers examining the legacy and practices, especially in the countryside. Her characters are shaped by journeys through modern social and economic trails and the ageless troubles of the human spirit and heart.