"Sentence to Hope" by Sa'dallah Wannous

Sentence to Hope A Sa'dallah Wannous Reader Sa'dallah Wannous, Robert Myers, Nada Saab

The Margellos World Republic of Letters
Publication date:
14 May 2019
Yale University Press
464 pages: 197 x 127mm

The first English‑language collection of plays and essays by Syrian playwright Saʿdallah Wannous
Saʿdallah Wannous is acknowledged to be one of the Arab world’s most significant playwrights, writers, and intellectuals of the twentieth century. This first English‑language collection brings together his major plays and essays. Selections include the groundbreaking 1969 play An Evening’s Entertainment for the Fifth of June, a scathing indictment of the duplicity of Arab leaders during the 1967 War, as well as Wannous’s most celebrated play, Rituals of Signs and Transformations, a bold treatment of homosexuality, prostitution, clerical corruption, and the quest for female liberation. In addition to his work as a playwright, Wannous, like Brecht, was an astute theatrical and cultural critic, and his essays, some of which are included here, offer shrewd diagnoses of the ills of Arab society and the essential role of theater in ameliorating them.

Saʿdallah 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.