I Loved You for Your Voice
By Selim Nassib
Trans. Alison Anderson
Europa Editions, 2006
The title of Selim Nassib’s new book, “I Loved You for Your Voice,” serves more of an aesthetic purpose than a descriptive one. This fictionalized account of Arab poet, lyricist, (and narrator) Ahmad Rami’s tumultuous career with and intense love for famous Egyptian singer Um Kulthoum displays a dynamic relationship in the midst of professional, musical, and emotional upheaval. Sami Asmar reviews this work of historical fiction and its parallels to the history of modern Egypt.By Sami Asmar
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