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Tewfik Al-Hakim Plays: Tree Climber, 1966; Fate of a Cockroach & Other Plays, 1973

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Tewfik A-Hakim (1902-1987) helped bring Egyptian dramatic literature into world prominence.  The Tree Climber, 1966, and Fate of a Cockroach and Other Plays, 1973, all plays translated from Arabic by Denys John-Davies, represent Al-Hakim's best work.

The Tree Climber, "an unusual play of murder and philosophy takes place in a suburb of modern Cairo," 1966, is a paperback measuring 4 1/2 inches by 7 1/4 inches and has 87 pages.  The binding is strong although it has been read and studied.  No tears but lots of comments and underlining.

Fate of a Cockroach and Other Plays, 1973 , also includes The Song of Death, The Sultan's Dilemma and Not a Thing out of Place.  All of the ;lays in both books were written since 1960. This paperback measures 4 3/4 inches by 7 1/4 inches by 3/8 inch and contains 184 pages.  The Fate of a Cockroach has many comments, but the rest of the book is clear and the binding is firm.

Tewfik Al-Hakim is a major 20th century Egyptian Dramatist.  The Tree Climber, 1966 and Fate of a Cockroach are two of his best known plays with English-speaking audiences.
Both paperback plays by Al-Hakim are firmly bound although worn as vintage texts and have frequent marginal notes.

 


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