New Novel Chronicles Life, Love of Poet Ahmad Rami and Um Kulthum

By Sami Asmar

New Novel Chronicles Life, Love of Poet Ahmad Rami and Um Kulthum

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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