Midaq Alley

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Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Translated by Trevor le Gassiek

9780385264761 | PB | pp. 304 | 1992 | Random House

Midaq Alley is a novel set in Egypt in he 1940s – a period of fast transition. It is a rich colourful depiction of the aspirations and tragedies of the alley’s inhabitants.

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Widely acclaimed as Naguib Mahfouz’s best novel, Midaq Alley brings to life one of the hustling, teeming back alleys of Cairo in the 1940s. From Zaita the cripple-maker to Kirsha the hedonistic cafe owner, from Abbas the barber who mistakes greed for love to Hamida who sells her soul to escape the alley, from waiters and widows to politicians, pimps, and poets, the inhabitants of Midaq Alley vividly evoke Egypt’s largest city as it teeters on the brink of change. Never has Nobel Prize-winner Mahfouz’s talent for rich and luxurious storytelling been more evident than here, in his portrait of one small street as a microcosm of the world on the threshold of modernity.

Additional information

Author:

Naguib Mahfouz
Translator: Trevor le Gassiek

ISBN:

9780385264761

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

304

Year of Publication:

1992

Publisher:

Random House

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

United States of America

About the Author

The author was born in Cairo in 1911 and began writing when he was seventeen. His nearly forty novels and hundreds of short stories range from re-imaginings of ancient myths to subtle commentaries on contemporary Egyptian politics and culture. Of his many works, the 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 was the first writer in Arabic to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in August 2006.

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