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Title: Mondo arabo e Occidente tra 15. e 16. secolo nella "Trilogia" di Raḍwā ‘Āšūr e in "Leone l'Africano" di Amīn Ma‘lūf: strategie narrative e immaginari storici a confronto
Authors: Prevedello, Francesca
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: This article focuses on the Trilogy "Ġarnāṭa Maryama wa-l-Raḥīl" written by the Egyptian writer Raḍwā ‘Āšūr (Cairo 1946-) and published in 1994-1995. The Trilogy tells the story of Abū Ğa‘far, an old arab and muslim copyst who lives in Granada, and his family between the fall of the city after Santa Fe Capitulations (novembre 1492) and the expulsion of moriscos in 1609. Raḍwā ‘Āšūr's literary representation of this historical period can be compared with the one given by the Lebanese writer Amīn Ma‘lūf (1949) in his novel "Leo the African", written in French and published in France in 1986. I argue that the two writers build different literary representations of the fall of Granada and its aftermath, beacuse their audiences and historical visions are different. The two novels' narrative structures themselves convey distinct ideas about the relations between the West and the Arabic world from the 16th century on. I conclude proposing an interpretation of the different discourses that these representations can generate in the present, taking into account the different social, political and cultural frameworks in which they were produced and the publics they addressed.
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