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A Novel on Lesbian Desire in the Middle East by Elham Mansour. Translated and Edited with an Introduction by Samir Hab by

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ebook, Published in Jan 2008 by Cambria Press

ISBN10: 1604975024 | ISBN13: 9781604975024

Page count: 248

A groundbreaking work which was first published in Beirut in the year 2000 by Riad el-Rayyes, I Am You (Ana Hiya Anti) is the only novel in Arabic which deals exclusively with the subject of female homosexuality in the Middle East. This critical translation of Elham Mansour's Lebanese novel provides a rare insight into the prevalent attitudes towards lesbianism in the Arabic mainstream, whilst also casting a light on that which is often hidden from the public gaze-the lives of some gay and bisexual women. This long-awaited critical translation provides the English reader access to a novel which deals candidly and positively with one of the most important and taboo issues of contemporary Arab society––(homo)sexuality. The novel is translated and introduced by Samar Habib (author of Female Homosexuality in the Middle East) with a foreword by Rebecca Beirne (editor of Televising Queer Women: A Reader)––both critical commentaries help the reader situate the novel within a dynamic historical framework and a broader LGBTIQ context.

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