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“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.

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  • File Size: 377 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Tra edition (February 6, 2010)
  • Publication Date: February 10, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037BS2YU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,218,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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