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الكتاب في سطور

Discussion in 'العربية (Arabic)' started by Huda, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. Huda Senior Member

    Please help me.

    What is the appropriate translation of الكتاب في سطور, a phrase written on the back cover of a book. it consists of two paragraphs which are a brief outline of the book.
    Thanks in advance.
  2. akhooha Senior Member

    English - USA
    I would suggest "summary".
  3. abdu-ki Senior Member

    A short biography of the writer
  4. cherine

    cherine Moderator

    Alexandria, Egypt
    Arabic (Egypt).
    It's not necessarily a biography. It is a summary about the book itself.

    Can "synopsis" work?
  5. Ghabi

    Ghabi Moderator

    Cantonese (Hong Kong)
    Perhaps "blurb"?
  6. akhooha Senior Member

    English - USA
    Even though "blurb" is a good descriptive term, it's very informal. A "blurb" would never be titled "Blurb". "Summary" or "Synopis" are acceptable.
  7. Haroon Senior Member

    C A I R O
    what about: "in a nutshell"?
  8. akhooha Senior Member

    English - USA
    The OP asked for an "appropriate translation" of a "phrase written on the back cover of a book". I can't recall ever seeing "in a nutshell" introducing a summary of a book's contents on its back cover. It is very informal and, given the context, probably inappropriate. In other contexts, "in a nutshell" would be fine....
  9. ayed Senior Member

    A brief introduction to the author
    An author's introduction
  10. akhooha Senior Member

    English - USA
    The OP said
    It has nothing to do with the author.
  11. Bakr Senior Member

    Maybe: A brief description of the book.

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