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Palace Walk

Maḥfūẓ, Najīb

(Book - 1991)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Palace Walk
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The first book of the Cairo Trilogy recreates turn-of-the-century Cairo, with characters who are simultaneously disciplined and sensual.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1991, c1990
Edition: 1st Anchor bks. ed
ISBN: 9780385264662
0385264666
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAHFUZ 1991
Characteristics: 498 p. ;,23 cm

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Jan 18, 2015
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"The country is in revolt every day. Every hour there are casualties and martyrs."
Volume one of the Cairo Trilogy, which is likely the most well-known series of Egyptian novels of the 20th century. Naguib Mahfouz was deeply influenced by French writers, especially Proust, won the Nobel Prize in 1988, and died in 2006 at the ripe age of 94. Set in Cairo during and after World War I, this is a family saga exploring tensions that still are part of Egyptian society (Muslim v. secular, tyranny v. freedom, spirit v. flesh) and culture. Written in 1956, but not translated into English until 1990. Followed by "Palace of Desire."

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