The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street

Naguib Mahfouz (Author) William H. Maynard (Translator)
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Price
$36.00  $33.12
Publisher
Everyman's Library
Publish Date
October 16, 2001
Pages
1368
Dimensions
5.45 X 8.39 X 2.48 inches | 2.69 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780375413315
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About the Author

Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo in 1911 and began writing when he was seventeen. His nearly forty novels and hundreds of short stories range from re-imaginings of ancient myths to subtle commentaries on contemporary Egyptian politics and culture. Of his many works, most famous is The Cairo Trilogy, consisting of Palace Walk (1956), Palace of Desire (1957), and Sugar Street (1957), which focuses on a Cairo family through three generations, from 1917 until 1952. In 1988, he was the first writer in Arabic to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in August 2006.

Reviews

"The highest achievement of The Cairo Trilogy [is] the creation of memorable characters whose circumstances of life are unimaginably remote from our own, but whose aspirations are the same. The Cairo Trilogy extends our knowledge of life; it also confirms it." -Boston Globe

"Luminous...All the magic, mystery and suffering of Egypt in the 1920s are conveyed on a human scale." -New York Times Book Review

"The alleys, the houses, the palaces and mosques and the people who live among them are evoked as vividly as the streets of London were conjured up by Dickens." -Newsweek

"A masterful kaleidoscope of emotions, ideas and perspective. Mahfouz has captured a family and its homeland at one gloriously varied moment in a cycle." -Newsday

"Mahfouz presents us with a different concept of the world and makes it real. His genius is not just that he shows us Egyptian colonial society in all its complexity; it is that he makes us look through the vision of his vivid characters and see people and ideas that no longer seem alien." -Philadelphia Inquirer