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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 insult, the southern pharaoh’s long simmering resentment boils over, leading him to commit himself and his heirs to an epic struggle for the throne. Filled with the grand clash of armies, staggering defeats, daring escapes, and glorious victories, and written at a time when Egypt was again under the sway of foreign powers, Thebes at War is a resounding call to remember Egypt’s long and noble history.
“His work is imbued with love for Egypt and its people.” —The Washington Post Book World
“Mahfouz is the single most important writer in modern Arabic literature.” —Newsday
“Mahfouz’s understanding of human psychology and history is profound.” —The Boston Globe
“A storyteller of the first order in any idiom.” —Vanity Fair