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Polyphony and Narrative Voice in Fu'Ad Al-Takarlī's Al-Raj' Al-Ba'īd

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When asked to comment on his novel al-Raj' al-ba'īd, Fu'ād al-Takarlī said that it expressed traditional themes in an innovative form. This literary study of the novel, based on a close textual analysis, shows that al-Raj' al-ba'īd can be considered as one of the most successful Arabic examples of the so-called "polyphonic novel". AlTakarlī's skillful handling of sophisticated narrative techniques expands common themes (such as social changes and the position of women within a traditional, male-dominated society) to generate interpretations and question straightforward conclusions.


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