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Granada: A Novel (1994)
by Radwa Ashour
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"The novel follows the family of Abu Jaafar the bookbinder - his wife, widowed daughter-in-law, her two children, and his two apprentices - as they witness Christopher Columbus and his entourage in a triumphant parade featuring exotic plants, animals, and human captives from the New World. Embedded in the narrative is the preparation for the marriage of Saad, one of the apprentices, and Saleema, Abu Jaafar's granddaughter - which is elegantly revealed in a number of parallel scenes." "As the new rulers of Granada confiscate books and officials burn the collected volumes, Abu Jaafur quietly moves his rich library out of town. Persecuted Muslims fight to form an independent government, but increasing economic and cultural pressures on the Arabs of Spain and Christian rulers culminate in forcing Christian conversions and Muslim uprisings.". "A tale that is both vigorous and heartbreaking, this novel will appeal to general readers of Spanish and Arabic literature as well as anyone interested in Christian-Muslim relations."--BOOK JACKET.
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