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The Seventh Heaven: Supernatural Tales [Kindle Edition]

Naguib Mahfouz , Raymond Stock
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Book Description

Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz draws on his homeland’s rich engagement with the afterlife–and his own near-death experience at the hands of a would-be assassin–in these newly translated, brilliantly mysterious stories of the supernatural.

 Among those who haunt these tales are the ghosts of Akhenaten, Woodrow Wilson, and Gamal Abd al-Nasser, who endure a strange system of earthly probation in the hope of gaining entry to the fabled Seventh Heaven; a teenager drawn into the secret, enchanted life he finds within his neighborhood’s forbidden wood; an honest perfume seller accosted on a night out by angry skeletons; and Satan himself, who confesses that there is still, despite the flood of evil in our times, an honorable man in the land. As ingenious at capturing the surreal as he is at documenting the very real social landscape of modern Cairo, Mahfouz guides these restless spirits as they migrate from the shadowy realms of other worlds to the haunted precincts of our own.

Translated by Raymond Stock

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews


“Mahfouz’s work is freshly nuanced and hauntingly lyrical.” —Los Angeles Times

“A storyteller of the first order in any idiom.” —Vanity Fair

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Naguib Mahfouz is the most prominent author of Arabic fiction today. He was born in 1911 in Cairo and began writing at the age of seventeen. His first novel was published in 1939. Since then he has written nearly forty novel-length works and hundreds of short stories. In 1988 Mr. Mahfouz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in 2006.

Raymond Stock (translator) is writing a biography of Naguib Mahfouz. He is the translator of Mahfouz’s Voices from the Other World, Khufu’s Wisdom, and The Dreams.

Product Details

  • File Size: 247 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Tra edition (February 6, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037BS2YU
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Book of Sometimes Supernatural Tales April 7, 2014
Here are stories of the Egyptian afterlife, and tales of philosophical musings down here on Earth, and a few pieces on the bizarre. My favorite of these stories was "Room No. 12" which is one of the bizarre pieces about a woman hosting a party in a hotel and the people she puts out by her extravagant tactics. It's an amusing piece that made me laugh, especially toward the end. Reading this collection has me thinking of Egypt and my travels there all over the country, to see ancient Egypt, islamic Egypt and the modern country. I enjoy reading Mahfouz every once in a while because he lets us see into the heart of the modern country, with all its neuroses and contradictions. When reading this collection I thought of sitting in murmuring cafes on the Nile, smoking the water pipe and sipping fruit drinks, reading folktales and letting the days slip by.

I am ready to travel in Egypt again and plan to go in a few years. Mahfouz is an excellent way to keep Egypt alive in my heart until I can go there again. I recommend this collection as a thoughtful work on modern Egyptian life. Some of the stories were too philosophical for me, but overall I liked the majority of stories and had fun with this work. I will definitely pick up more Mahfouz in the future.
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