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The Cairo trilogy

Author: 
Mahfouz, Naguib
Place: 
London
Publisher: 
Everyman's Library
Date published: 
2001
Phys descriptions: 
xliii, 1313p
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Series: 
Everyman's library
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ISBN: 
1857152484
Call No: 
82-3 MAH
Abstract: 

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 hand while living a secret life of self-indulgence. Palace Walk introduces us to his gentle, oppressed wife, Amina, his cloistered daughters, Aisha and Khadija, and his three sons-the tragic and idealistic Fahmy, the dissolute hedonist Yasin, and the soul-searching intellectual Kamal. Al-Sayyid Ahmad's rebellious children struggle to move beyond his domination in Palace of Desire, as the world around them opens to the currents of modernity and political and domestic turmoil brought by the 1920s. Sugar Street brings Mahfouz's vivid tapestry of an evolving Egypt to a dramatic climax as the aging patriarch sees one grandson become a Communist, one a Muslim fundamentalist, and one the lover of a powerful politician. Throughout the trilogy, the family's trials mirror those of their turbulent country during the years spanning the two World Wars, as change comes to a society that has resisted it for centuries. Filled with compelling drama, earthy humor, and remarkable insight, The Cairo Trilogy is the achievement of a master storyteller.

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African Nobel Prize Winner|Translated from the Arabic | Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century | Toptwelve
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CITATION: Mahfouz, Naguib . The Cairo trilogy . London : Everyman's Library , 2001. - Available at: http://library.africa-union.org/cairo-trilogy-3

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