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.
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