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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
ISBN: 978-0-385-49922-4 (0-385-49922-1)

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
ISBN: 978-0-307-45507-9 (0-307-45507-6)

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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Echoes of an Autobiography

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 29, 1997
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48556-2 (0-385-48556-5)

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
ISBN: 978-0-385-42335-9 (0-385-42335-7)

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
ISBN: 978-0-385-42334-2 (0-385-42334-9)

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
ISBN: 978-0-307-39045-5 (0-307-39045-4)

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 >

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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
ISBN: 978-0-307-74257-5 (0-307-74257-1)

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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Midaq Alley

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1991
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-26476-1 (0-385-26476-3)

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
ISBN: 978-0-307-74258-2 (0-307-74258-X)

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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Miramar

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 14, 1992
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-26478-5 (0-385-26478-X)

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
ISBN: 978-0-307-45506-2 (0-307-45506-8)

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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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
ISBN: 978-0-307-94711-6 (0-307-94711-4)

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
ISBN: 978-0-307-94710-9 (0-307-94710-6)

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
ISBN: 978-0-385-49836-4 (0-385-49836-5)

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
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7668-0 (1-4000-7668-4)

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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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
ISBN: 978-0-307-27714-5 (0-307-27714-3)

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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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
ISBN: 978-0-307-94712-3 (0-307-94712-2)

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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The Thief and the Dogs

Written by Naguib Mahfouz


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 20, 1989
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-26462-4 (0-385-26462-3)

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 >

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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
ISBN: 978-0-307-26624-8 (0-307-26624-9)

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
ISBN: 978-0-385-26472-3 (0-385-26472-0)

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 >

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The Rock
A Tale of Seventh-Century Jerusalem
Written by Kanan Makiya


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 2002
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70078-1 (0-375-70078-1)

Whose rock is enshrined inside the golden Dome of Jerusalem? The rock of Moses or of Muhammad? Kanan Makiya gathers together the stories, legends, and beliefs that define the Rock—the place where Adam landed in his fall from Paradise and where Abraham attempted to sacrifice his first-born; where Solomon’s Temple stood... Read more >
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Censoring an Iranian Love Story

Written by Shahriar Mandanipour
Translated by Sara Khalili


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39042-4 (0-307-39042-X)

If conducting a love affair in modern Iran is not a simple undertaking, then telling the story of that love may be even more difficult. In a country where mere proximity between a man and a woman may be the prologue to deadly sin, where illicit passion is punished by imprisonment... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Rosewater and Soda Bread
A Novel
Written by Marsha Mehran


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 13, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7249-8 (0-8129-7249-X)

More than a year has passed since Marjan, Bahar, and Layla, the beautiful Iranian Aminpour sisters, sought refuge in the quaint Irish town of Ballinacroagh. Opening the beguiling Babylon Café, they charmed the locals with their warm hearts and delectable Persian cuisine, bringing a saffron-scented spice to the once-sleepy village.

But... Read more >
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Lost History
The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists
Written by Michael H. Morgan


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: June 19, 2007
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0092-2 (1-4262-0092-7)

In an era when the relationship between Islam and the West seems mainly defined by mistrust and misunderstanding, we often forget that for centuries Muslim civilization was the envy of the world. Essential reading for any student seeking to understand the major role played by the early Muslim world in influencing... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Cities of Salt

Written by Abdelrahman Munif


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75526-7 (0-394-75526-X)

Set in an unnamed Persian Gulf kingdom in the 1930s, this remarkable novel tells the story of the disruption and diaspora of a poor oasis community following the discovery of oil there. The meeting of Arabs and the Americans who, in essence, colonized the remote region is a cultural confrontation in... Read more >
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