Sentence to Hope: A Sa'dallah Wannous Reader

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About the Author

Sa'dallah Wannous(1941-1997) is one of the greatest modern playwrights to have written in Arabic. Robert Myers is director of the Center for American Studies at the American University of Beirut. Nada Saab is an associate professor of Arabic studies at Lebanese American University.


"[A] thoughtful selection . . . [that] builds a picture of a complex artist and thinker who used theater to grapple with the great political questions of his time: questions of the possibility of social justice, the effectiveness of revolutionary action, the power of words and art, and the possibility of personal freedom within repressive societies."--Ursula Lindsey, New York Review of Books
"Wannous has long been recognized throughout the Arab world as the most significant modern Arabic dramatist. With his recent discovery by major Western theatres, his global reputation is now growing, making this first major survey of his work especially important."--Marvin Carlson, Graduate Center, CUNY
"It is a gift to have these politically trenchant and philosophically rich works by Syria's most justly celebrated playwright available in these fresh, vital new translations. An important and timely contribution that should bring Wannous' work to the attention of a new generation."--Derek Goldman, Director, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Georgetown University
"This reader introduces Anglophone readers to one of the most important and courageous Arab playwrights in the second half of the 20th century. In addition to four of his brilliant works, articles, essays, and interviews provide a rich portrait of a great Syrian intellectual."--Sinan Antoon, author of The Corpse Washer