FIRST EGYPTIAN CLASSIC: Return of the Spirit is the first modern Egyptian classic published by Penguin Classics, bringing in a new audience of readers and fans of Egyptian literature and history.
RARE YET POPULAR ARABIC-TO-ENGLISH TRANSLATION: While far more English-to-Arabic translations exist than Arabic-to-English translations, there has been a recent uptick in Arabic-to-English translation and the numbers have increased year after year, showing there is growing interest in the field.
MIDDLE EASTERN CLASSICS: Return of the Spirit is an important addition to our growing list of Middle Eastern classics, Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri’s The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition, Hafez’s The Faces of Love, and Farid ud-Din Attar’s The Conference of the Birds.
TIMELY THEMES: While the book is beloved for its lighthearted love story, it also contains themes about reclaiming lost heritage due to colonialism and rising up against injustice, making it relevant to today’s times.
“Return of the Spirit I believe marked the true birth of the Arabic novel…[it] was a bombshell.”
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