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Two tales of one Alexander

Two tales of one Alexander Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe a comparative study of two novels dealing with the life, feats and death of Alexander the Great: the winner of the 2007 Arabic Booker Prize Wahat Al‐Ghoroub ( Sunset Oasis ) (2007) by Egyptian writer Bahaa Taher and Alexander: The Sands of Ammon (1998), Part II of a trilogy by Italian historian, journalist, novelist and archaeologist Valerio Massimo Manfredi. The paper highlights the similarities and differences between both fictional works as it addresses the different narrative styles, character portrayals and thematic concerns presented in both works. Design/methodology/approach – An analytical reading of the narrative techniques and literary elements of the two novels. Findings – The paper finds that the two works share similarities as far as historical facts, major thematic concerns and character portrayals are concerned. Originality/value – This is the first comparative study and thorough analysis dealing with the two literary works. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1753-7983
DOI
10.1108/17537980910960663
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe a comparative study of two novels dealing with the life, feats and death of Alexander the Great: the winner of the 2007 Arabic Booker Prize Wahat Al‐Ghoroub ( Sunset Oasis ) (2007) by Egyptian writer Bahaa Taher and Alexander: The Sands of Ammon (1998), Part II of a trilogy by Italian historian, journalist, novelist and archaeologist Valerio Massimo Manfredi. The paper highlights the similarities and differences between both fictional works as it addresses the different narrative styles, character portrayals and thematic concerns presented in both works. Design/methodology/approach – An analytical reading of the narrative techniques and literary elements of the two novels. Findings – The paper finds that the two works share similarities as far as historical facts, major thematic concerns and character portrayals are concerned. Originality/value – This is the first comparative study and thorough analysis dealing with the two literary works.

Journal

Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern IssuesEmerald Publishing

Published: May 29, 2009

Keywords: Books; History; Narratives; Literary criticism

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