A Bed for the King's Daughter (Emerging Voices from the Middle East)

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
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A groundbreaking collection of experimental short fiction by award-winning Syrian author and Booker International Prize for Arabic Fiction nominee Shahla Ujayli, A Bed for the King’s Daughter uses surrealism and irony to examine such themes as women’s agency, the decline of collective life and imagination under modernity, and the effects of social and political corruption on daily life. In “The Memoir of Cinderella’s Shoes,” Cinderella uses her famous glass slipper as a weapon in order to take justice into her own hands. In “Tell Me About Surrealism,” an art history professor’s writing assignment reveals the slipperiness of storytelling, and in “Merry Christmas,” the realities of apartheid interfere with one family’s celebration. Through twenty-two short stories, Ujayli animates—with brevity and inventiveness—themes relevant to both the particularities of life in the Arab world and life outside it.


  • | Author: Shahla Ujayli, Sawad Hussain
  • | Publisher: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
  • | Publication Date: January 19, 2021
  • | Number of Pages: 72 pages
  • | Language: English
  • | Binding: Paperback
  • | ISBN-10: 1477322280
  • | ISBN-13: 9781477322284
Author:
Shahla Ujayli, Sawad Hussain
Publisher:
Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
Publication Date:
January 19, 2021
Number of pages:
72 pages
Language:
English
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
1477322280
ISBN-13:
9781477322284