We Wrote In Symbols: Love and Lust By Arab Women Writers edited by Selma Dabbagh

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This explosive anthology is the first of its kind, featuring writing on lust and erotica by renowned Arab women writers

It is a little-known secret that Arabic literature has a long tradition of erotic writing. Behind that secret lies another – that many of the writers are women.

We Wrote in Symbols celebrates the works of 75 of these female writers of Arab heritage who articulate love and lust with artistry and skill. Here, a wedding night takes an unexpected turn beneath a canopy of stars; a woman on the run meets her match in a flirtatious encounter at Dubai Airport; and a carnal awakening occurs in a Palestinian refugee camp. From a masked rendezvous in a circus, to meetings in underground bars and unmade beds, there is no such thing as a typical sexual encounter, as this electrifying anthology shows.

Powerfully conveying the complexities and intrigues of desire, We Wrote in Symbols invites you to share these characters’ wildest fantasies and most intimate moments.

Arab women have been the subject of male fantasies and myths about the East for centuries, while for many within the Arab world today, women who confess to sexual pleasure are still taboo. But Arabic literature has a long tradition of erotic writing. This ground-breaking collection celebrates those women’s voices who dare to articulate their own desires with artistry and skill. 

We Wrote In Symbols: Love and Lust By Arab Women Writers edited by Selma Dabbagh
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