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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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Khufu's Wisdom

Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Translated by Raymond Stock


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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Midaq Alley

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1991
Price: $15.95

The characters in Naguib Mahfouz’s 1988 Nobel Prize-winning Midaq Alley vividly evoke the sights, sounds and smells of a hustling, teeming back alley of Cairo, Egypt. These people are members of an urban community caught between economic progress and deeply rooted traditions. First published in Arabic in 1947, the novel is... Read more >

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The Mirage

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $15.95

A stunning example of Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz’s psychological portraiture, The Mirage is the story of an intense young man who has been so dominated by his mother that her death sets him dangerously adrift in a world he cannot manage alone.

Kamil Ru’ba is a tortured soul who hopes... Read more >
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The Mirage

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Miramar

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 14, 1992
Price: $15.00

A highly charged, tightly written tale of intersecting lives that provides us with both an engaging and powerful story as well as a vivid portrait of life in Egypt in the late 1960’s.

“With Miramar we are in the hands of a considerable novelist, and one who knows his country’s complex... Read more >

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Morning and Evening Talk

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $13.95

This unusual epic from the Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz portrays five generations of one sprawling family against the upheavals of two centuries of modern Egyptian history.

Set in Cairo, Morning and Evening Talk traces three related families from the arrival of Napoleon to the 1980s, through short character sketches arranged in alphabetical... Read more >
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Morning and Evening Talk

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 27, 2011
Price: $9.99

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Palace of Desire
The Cairo Trilogy, Volume 2
Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $16.00

Palace of Desire is the second novel in Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz’s magnificent Cairo Trilogy, an epic family saga of colonial Egypt that is considered his masterwork.

The novels of the Cairo Trilogy trace three generations of the family of tyrannical patriarch al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who rules his household with a... Read more >

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Palace Walk
The Cairo Trilogy, Volume 1
Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $16.00

Palace Walk is the first novel in Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz’s magnificent Cairo Trilogy, an epic family saga of colonial Egypt that is considered his masterwork.

The novels of the Cairo Trilogy trace three generations of the family of tyrannical patriarch al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who rules his household with a strict... Read more >

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Respected Sir, Wedding Song, The Search

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $19.95

Assembled here are three novels by Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz. Diverse in style and narrative technique, together they render a rich, nuanced, and universally resonant vision of post-revolutionary Egypt.

Respected Sir, “a latter-day Bleak House in Arabic” (The New York Times), revisits a familiar theme—vaulting ambition—in a powerful religious metaphor. A petty... Read more >

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Rhadopis of Nubia

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $12.00

Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz mines the riches of his homeland’s ancient past in Rhadopis of Nubia, an unforgettable love story set against the high politics of Egypt’s Sixth Dynasty.

While the ravishing courtesan Rhadopis is bathing, a falcon lifts one of her golden sandals and drops it into the lap of the... Read more >
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Rhadopis of Nubia

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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The Seventh Heaven
Supernatural Tales
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Translated by Raymond Stock


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 5, 2006
Price: $14.00

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... Read more >
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The Seventh Heaven
Supernatural Tales
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Translated by Raymond Stock


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 10, 2010
Price: $9.99

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Sugar Street
The Cairo Trilogy, Volume 3
Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $16.00

Sugar Street is the final novel in Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz’s magnificent Cairo Trilogy, an epic family saga of colonial Egypt that is considered his masterwork.

The novels of the Cairo Trilogy trace three generations of the family of tyrannical patriarch al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who rules his household with a strict... Read more >

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Thebes at War

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 18, 2005
Price: $15.00

Known and loved throughout Egypt as a work that celebrates the national character, Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz’s Thebes at War tells of a high point in Egyptian history—ancient Egypt’s defeat of Asiatic foreigners who had dominated northern Egypt for two hundred years.

With a visit from a court official and a provocative... Read more >
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Thebes at War

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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The Thief and the Dogs

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 20, 1989
Price: $14.00

Naguib Mahfouz's haunting novella of post-revolutionary Egypt combines a vivid psychological portrait of an anguished man with the suspense and rapid pace of a detective story.

After four years in prison, the skilled young thief Said Mahran emerges bent on revenge. He finds a world that has changed in more ways than... Read more >

Three Novels of Ancient Egypt Khufu's Wisdom, Rhadopis of Nubia, Thebes at War

Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Introduction by Nadine Gordimer


Format: eBook, 648 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 26, 2008
Price: $14.99

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Three Novels of Ancient Egypt Khufu's Wisdom, Rhadopis of Nubia, Thebes at War

Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Translated by Raymond Stock, Anthony Calderbank and Humphrey Davies
Introduction by Nadine Gordimer


Format: Hardcover, 648 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 27, 2007
Price: $26.95

Mahfouz reaches back thousands of years in these novels to bring us tales from his homeland's majestic early history--tales of the Egyptian nobility, and of war, star-crossed love, and the divine rule of the pharaohs. In Khufu's Wisdom, the legendary Fourth Dynasty monarch faces the prospect of the end of his... Read more >
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The Time and the Place
And Other Stories
Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 18, 1992
Price: $12.95

Selected and translated by the distinguished scholar Denys Johnson-Daivies, these stories have all the celebrated and distinctive characters and qualities found in Mahfouz’s novels: The denizens of the dark, narrow alleyways of Cairo, who struggle to survive the poverty; melancholy ruminations on death; experiments with the supernatural; and witty excursions into... Read more >

Voices from the Other World
Ancient Egyptian Tales
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Translated by Raymond Stock


Format: eBook, 112 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $8.99

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Voices from the Other World
Ancient Egyptian Tales
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Translated by Raymond Stock


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $14.00

Five masterly stories by the young Naguib Mahfouz, all inspired by the Egypt of the pharaohs. The forces of law and order disturb a district's too-perfect peace at the dawn of Egyptian civilization. A wise and popular pharaoh is betrayed by his own son, and by his dearest friends—then makes a... Read more >
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