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Pearls on a Branch: Oral Tales

Authors: Jraissaty Khoury, Najla
Publisher: Steerforth Press
BISAC/Subject: FIC044000, FIC051000, FIC010000
ISBN: 9780914671893, Related ISBNs: 0914671898, 0914671960, 9780914671893, 9780914671961
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 270,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: A collection of 30 traditional Syrian and Lebanese folktales infused with new life by Lebanese women, collected by Najla Khoury.

While civil war raged in Lebanon, Najla Khoury traveled with a theater troupe, putting on shows in marginal areas where electricity was a luxury, in air raid shelters, Palestinian refugee camps, and isolated villages. Their plays were largely based on oral tales, and she combed the country in search of stories. Many years later, she chose one hundred stories from among the most popular and published them in Arabic in 2014, exactly as she received them, from the mouths of the storytellers who told them as they had heard them when they were children from their parents and grandparents. Out of the hundred stories published in Arabic, Inea Bushnaq and Najla Khoury chose thirty for this book.
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