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Naguib Mahfouz
Naguib Mahfouz

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Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo in 1911 and began writing when he was seventeen. A student of philosophy and an avid reader, his works range from reimaginings of ancient myths to subtle commentaries on contemporary Egyptian politics and culture. Over a career that lasted more than five decades, he wrote 33 novels, 13 short story anthologies, numerous plays, and 30 screenplays. 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...

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Contemporary World Literature
The African Trilogy; House of the Spirits; One Hundred Years of Solitude; The Cairo Trilogy; A House for Mr. Biswas; Midnight's Children
Written by Chinua Achebe, Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Naguib Mahfouz and V.S. Naipaul


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: December 21, 2010
Price: $165.95

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Adrift on the Nile

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 1, 1994
Price: $13.95

For the thousands of devoted readers of Naguib Mahfouz’s The Cairo Trilogy, Adrift on the Nile—first published in Arabic in 1966—will be an exciting and dramatic change of pace.

In elegant and economic prose, Mahfouz creates—out of the simplest of plots—a telling commentary on human nature. It is the late sixties, and... Read more >

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Akhenaten
Dweller in Truth A Novel
Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $14.95

From the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and author of the Cairo trilogy, comes Akhenaten, a fascinating work of fiction about the most infamous pharaoh of ancient Egypt.

In this beguiling new novel, originally published in 1985 and now appearing for the first time in the United States, Mahfouz tells... Read more >
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Akhenaten
Dweller in Truth A Novel
Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: eBook, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 26, 2008
Price: $11.99

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Arabian Nights and Days
A Novel
Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 15, 1995
Price: $15.00

This imaginative novel by the recipient of the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature is a spirited retelling of the Arabic masterpiece Arabian Nights. Mahfouz refashions the classic tales of Scheherazade in his own imaginative, spellbinding style. Here are genies and flying carpets, Aladdin and Sinbad, Ali Baba, and many other familiar... Read more >

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Before the Throne

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 3, 2012
Price: $14.95

Nearly sixty of Egypt’s past leaders—from the time of the Pharoahs to the twentieth century—are summoned to judgment in the Court of Osiris in the Afterlife, in this extraordinary novel by Nobel Prize–winning author Naguib Mahfouz.

Before the Throne calls forth a parade of those who have shaped the modern nation of... Read more >
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Before the Throne

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 3, 2012
Price: $11.99

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The Beggar, The Thief and the Dogs, Autumn Quail

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 5, 2000
Price: $17.00

A new omnibus volume of three novels—previously published separately by Anchor—by Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Assembled here is a collection of Mahfouz’s artful meditations on the vicissitudes of post-Revolution Egypt. Diverse in style and narrative technique, together they render a rich, nuanced, and universally resonant vision... Read more >

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The Beginning and the End

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 20, 1989
Price: $15.95

First published in 1956, this is a powerful portrayal of a middle-class Egyptian family confronted by material, moral, and spiritual problems during World War II. Read more >

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Cairo Modern

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 2009
Price: $15.00

In Naguib Mahfouz's suspenseful novel a bitter and ambitious nihilist, a beautiful and impoverished student, and a corrupt official engage in a doomed ménage à trois.

Cairo of the 1930s is a place of vast social and economic inequities. It is also a time of change, when the universities have just opened... Read more >
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Cairo Modern

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 27, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Cairo Trilogy
Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Introduction by Edward W. Said


Format: Hardcover, 1368 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 16, 2001
Price: $35.00



Naguib Mahfouz's magnificent epic trilogy of colonial Egypt appears here in one volume for the first time. The Nobel Prize—winning writer's masterwork is the engrossing story of a Muslim family in Cairo during Britain's occupation of Egypt in the early decades of the twentieth century.

The novels of The Cairo Trilogy... Read more >

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Children of the Alley
A Novel
Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 18, 1996
Price: $16.00

First published in Arabic in 1959, this deeply spiritual and prophetic work comes from “the single most important writer in modern Arabic literature” (Newsweek). Through the story of a delightful Egyptian family, this novel reveals the spiritual history of humankind as the men and women of a modern Cairo neighborhood unwittingly... Read more >

The Day the Leader Was Killed

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 26, 2008
Price: $9.99

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The Day the Leader Was Killed

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 6, 2000
Price: $13.95

Mahfouz's succinct prose manages to entwine the great themes of love, death and the human condition with the tense atmosphere of Egypt in 1981.  Anwar al-Sadat's open-door economic policy, Infitah, is draining the wealth of the majority and removing hope from the dreams of the young.  It is also setting the stage for... Read more >
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The Dreams

Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Translated by Raymond Stock


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $15.00

In his final years, Egyptian Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz distilled his storyteller's art to its most essential level. Written with the compression and power of dreams, these poetic vignettes, originally collected in two books, The Dreams and Dreams of Departure, here combined in one volume for the first time.

These stories... Read more >
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The Dreams

Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Translated by Raymond Stock


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 5, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Echoes of an Autobiography

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 29, 1997
Price: $13.00

Mahfouz’s first nonfiction book published in the United States is a collection of autobiographical reflections reminiscent of such works as Pascal’s Pensées. The short and pithy passages Mahfouz presents are not simply a narration of incidents in his life, but a personal reflection on situations and events that have lodged in... Read more >

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The Harafish

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 420 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 17, 1997
Price: $18.00

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988, Naguib Mahfouz is one of the foremost writers in modern Arabic literature. His books have had great success in this country, particularly The Cairo Trilogy. The Harafish is the story of the prominent al-Nagi family—a family that moves, over many generations, from... Read more >

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The Journey of Ibn Fattouma

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 1, 1993
Price: $15.00

In this pithy, powerful parable, the masterly Naguib Mahfouz explores life’s secrets and the mysterious maze of the human heart—a mystical and lyrical Pilgrim’s Progress, set in a mythical, timeless Middle East. Read more >

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Karnak Café

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 2, 2008
Price: $14.95

In this gripping and suspenseful novella from the Egyptian Nobel Prize-winner, three young friends survive interrogation by the secret police, only to find their lives poisoned by suspicion, fear, and betrayal.

At a Cairo café in the 1960s, a legendary former belly dancer lovingly presides over a boisterous family of regulars... Read more >

Karnak Cafe

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 4, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Khan al-Kalili

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Khan al-Khalili

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $15.00

Khan al-Khalili, by Egyptian Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz, portrays the clash of old and new in an historic Cairo neighborhood as German bombs fall on the city.

The time is 1942, World War II is at its height, and the Africa Campaign is raging along the northern coast of Egypt. Against this... Read more >

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Khufu's Wisdom

Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Translated by Raymond Stock


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $12.95

At the center of Khufu’s Wisdom, Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz’s majestic first novel, is the legendary Fourth Dynasty monarch Khufu (Cheops), for whom the Great Pyramid of Giza was built.

When a seer prophesies the end of Khufu’s dynasty and the ascension to the throne of Djedefra, son of the High Priest... Read more >
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