LANGUAGE AND THEME IN THE SHORT STORIES OF Y � SUF IDRIS I Yusuf Idris' earliest short stories were published in 1952. Within a few years he established himself as a leading author-probably the most prominent short story writer in modern Egyptian literature, publishing ten volumes of short stories 1 as well as several novels, novellas and plays in a period of less than twenty years. His works, especially his short stories, met with a considerable body of literary criticism, some of which is undoubtedly illumi- nating.2 Very few critics, however, have tried to tackle the question of his style,3 although Idris has displayed an unmistakably personal style-lively, witty and simple-since the earliest stages of his writing. 1 Idr � s' volumes of short stories are as follows (the list was prepared in 1974): I. Arkhas lay � l � ("The Cheapest Nights"), Cairo, 1954. II. jumh � riyyat Farah � t ("Farahat's Republic"), Cairo, 1956. III. al-Batal ("The Hero"), Cairo, 1957. IV. Alaysa kadh � lik ("Ain't That So?"), Cairo, 1957. (re-published under the title Q �� al-Mad � na, 1970.) V. Hadithat sharaf ("A Case of Honour"), Beirut, 1958. VI. � Akhir al-duny � ("The World's
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