Houses behind the trees / Mohamed El-Bisatie ; translated by Denys Johnson-Davies. Bisāṭī, Muḥammad, author.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 1998.
105 pages ; 20 cm
"Set in a small village in the Egyptian Delta, El-Bisatie's finely tuned novella illustrates the social and sexual tensions in a community in which nothing is secret and where people's pasts haunt their present."--BOOK JACKET. "When Mussad catches the butcher's son Amer with his wife, the whole village knows and waits with bated breath for Mussad to exact his revenge. But something goes wrong. Mussad's ill-planned schemes are choked by an opaque veil of history - his wife's sexual past, the war-torn lives of their families, and the personal allegiances of his friends and enemies. The village women relive private desires and inner fears as the men take sides in the struggle, either to protect Amer from Mussad's wrath or to help Mussad track down and confront his nemesis."--Jacket.