By Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq,Humphrey Davies
Leg over Leg recounts the lifestyles, from start to heart age, of “the Fariyaq,” modify ego of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a pivotal determine within the highbrow and literary background of the fashionable Arab global. The continuously edifying and infrequently hilarious adventures of the Fariyaq, as he strikes from his local Lebanon to Egypt, Malta, Tunis, England, and France, give you the writer with grist for wide-ranging discussions of the highbrow and social problems with his time, together with the lack of information and corruption of the Lebanese spiritual and secular institutions, freedom of judgment of right and wrong, women’s rights, sexual relationships among women and men, the manners and customs of Europeans and heart Easterners, and the variations among modern eu and Arabic literatures, all of the whereas celebrating the genius and sweetness of the classical Arabic language.
Volumes 3 and 4 see the peripatetic Fariyaq fall in love and convert to Catholicism for 24 hours with a purpose to marry. even if the narrative revolves round a chain of debates over the character of male-female relationships, possibilities additionally come up for disquisitions at the actual and ethical importance of such varied subject matters because the buttocks, the unreliability of virginity assessments, and the human means for self-delusion. long remains in England and France permit for animadversions at the desk manners and sexual aberrations in their voters, however the dialogue, no matter if it contain dance-halls, excitement gardens, or poetry, often finally ends up returning to gender relations.
Akin to Sterne and Rabelais in his satirical outlook and technical inventiveness, al-Shidyaq produced in Leg Over Leg a piece that's particular and unclassifiable. It used to be before everything largely condemned for its assaults on authority, its spiritual skepticism, and its “obscenity,” and later variations have been usually abridged. this can be the 1st entire English translation of this groundbreaking work.