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Naguib Mahfouz

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
Written by Chinua Achebe, Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Naguib Mahfouz and V.S. Naipaul
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | December 2010
$165.95/204.85(Canada) | 978-0-307-70082-7 (0-307-70082-8)

An extraordinary collection of renowned world literature including Nobel Prize winners and beloved fiction writers in beautiful, enduring hardcover editions with elegant cloth sewn bindings, gold stamped covers, and silk ribbon markers.

Titles included:
The African Trilogy by Chinua Achebe
The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz
A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
The... Read more






Adrift on the Nile
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | January 1994
$13.95/15.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-42333-5 (0-385-42333-0)

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Akhenaten
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | April 2000
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-49909-5 (0-385-49909-4)

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






Arabian Nights and Days
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 1995
$15.00/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-46901-2 (0-385-46901-2)

A renowned Nobel Prize-winning novelist 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 stories, made new by the magical pen of the acknowledged dean of Arabic letters. Read more






Before the Throne
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | July 2012
$14.95/16.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-74256-8 (0-307-74256-3)

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






The Beggar, The Thief and the Dogs, Autumn Quail
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | December 2000
$17.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-49835-7 (0-385-49835-7)

Anchor proudly presents 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... Read more






The Beginning and the End
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 1989
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-26458-7 (0-385-26458-5)

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






Cairo Modern
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | December 2009
$15.00/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-47353-0 (0-307-47353-8)

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






The Cairo Trilogy
Written by Naguib Mahfouz, Introduction by Edward W. Said
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 2001
$35.00/40.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-41331-5 (0-375-41331-6)

 

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 trace...

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Children of the Alley
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | October 1996
$16.00/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-26473-0 (0-385-26473-9)

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The Day the Leader Was Killed
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | June 2000
$13.95/15.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-49922-4 (0-385-49922-1)

AN ANCHOR PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

From the Nobel Prize laureate and author of the acclaimed Cairo Trilogy, a beguiling and artfully compact novel set in Sadat's Egypt.

"[Mahfouz] is not only a Hugo and a Dickens, but also a Galsworthy, Zola and a Jules Romain."--Edward Said

The time is 1981, Anwar al-Sadat is president, and... Read more






The Dreams
Written by Naguib Mahfouz, Translated by Raymond Stock
Anchor | Trade Paperback | July 2009
$15.00/17.95(Canada) | 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 telescope...

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Echoes of an Autobiography
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | December 1997
$13.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-48556-2 (0-385-48556-5)

From the Foreword by Nadine Gordimer: "These pieces are meditations which echo that which was, has been, and is the writer Mahfouz. They are--in the words of the title of one of the prose pieces--'The Dialogue of the Late Afternoon' of his life. I don't believe any autobiography, with its inevitable... Read more






The Harafish
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 1997
$18.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-42335-9 (0-385-42335-7)

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988,  Naguib Mahfouz is perhaps the best-known living  Arab writer. His books have had great success in  this country, particularly The Cairo  Trilogy. Fans of the famed trilogy will be  delighted with The Harafish, an epic  novel that chronicles the dramatic history of the  al-Nagi family -- a family that  moves... Read more






The Journey of Ibn Fattouma
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | October 1993
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 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






Karnak Café
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | December 2008
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 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






Khan al-Khalili
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 2011
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 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






Khufu's Wisdom
Written by Naguib Mahfouz, Translated by Raymond Stock
Anchor | Trade Paperback | August 2005
$12.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7667-3 (1-4000-7667-6)

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...

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Midaq Alley
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | December 1991
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-26476-1 (0-385-26476-3)

Considered by many to be Mahfouz's best novel,  Midaq Alley centers around the  residents of one of the hustling, teeming back alleys  of Cairo. No other novel so vividly evokes the  sights and sounds of the city. The universality and  timelessness of this book cannot be denied. Read more






The Mirage
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | February 2012
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 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






Miramar
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | December 1992
$15.00/18.95(Canada) | 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. Read more






Morning and Evening Talk
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | March 2009
$13.95/15.95(Canada) | 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






Palace of Desire
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | November 2011
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 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 strict...

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Palace Walk
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | November 2011
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 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






Respected Sir, Wedding Song, The Search
Written by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor | Trade Paperback | December 2001
$19.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-49836-4 (0-385-49836-5)

A new volume of three novels–previously published separately by Anchor–by Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Together with The Beggar, The Thief and The Dogs, and Autumn Quail (published by Anchor in December 2000), these novels represent a comprehensive collection of Mahfouz’s artful meditations on post-revolution Egypt. Diverse... Read more





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