The Tree Stump
An Arabic Historical Novel
One of the most prominent Arabic novels to document the intricate details of the revolt of the Arabs against the Turks and their collaboration with the English, The Tree Stump brings to life a critical period of history that includes key players such as King Faisal, Odeh Abu Tayeh , and T. E. Lawrence. It places the reader in the heart of that remarkable era with accuracy, authenticity, and an added human dimension that introduces the Arabian Desert people, traditions, and way of life. Author Samiha Khrais weaves tribal customs, religion, politics, and love into a history with characters that actually walked the land, lived on the land, and fought the land’s war of independence with originality, pride, and wisdom. The novel stands witness to the lived experience of many Arabs in the region—experience that can still be seen today. The novel’s style, content, and strong human dimension makes it an exception literary work with regional flavor and global appeal.
Publication Date: July 1st, 2019
206 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Samiha Khrais is a prolific award-winning Jordanian Novelist and Playwright. She has received a number of awards including the Abu al-Qasim al-Shabi Award from Tunis in 2004, the Arab Thought Foundation's Literary Creativity Award in 2008, Jordan's Recognition Award in 2014, and the King Hussein Medal of Excellence in 2015. A number of her works have been translated to German, and many were adapted for Jordanian radio and television.
Nesreen Akhtarkhavari is Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Culture and the director of Arabic Studies at DePaul University, where she teaches Arabic literature, film, culture, media, and translation. She cotranslated Desert Sorrows, recognized by World Literature Today as one of the seventy-five top translations for 2015, and the first-ever English translation of Rumi's Arabic poems, Love Is My Savior: The Arabic Poems of Rumi.