The Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz refashions the classic tales of Scheherazade into a novel written in his own imaginative, spellbinding. First published in Arabic in , these 17 interlinked, eloquent tales, loosely based on the classic Arabian Nights, reveal a more playful side of Pulitzer. May 20, An austerely modern reworking of The Thousand and One Nights — the most magical work yet set into English by Egyptian Nobel laureate.

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The questions offer new perspectives and context for your conversations. So what does Mahfouz contribute? Simpson trial,” reviewer Theodore Pappas wrote in the Tribune last year. Of his… More about Naguib Mahfouz.

The only certainties are the cruel whims of the genies “The best would be if she were to be killed, and her father were to commit suicide,” muses one of them and the ritual executions of corrupt governors, private secretaries, chiefs of police.

Jun 15, Pages. The quest, however, is seldom successful. Znd is a world of endless transformations: For conversation, which flourishes here, rests on an assumption of equality. Do these nguib reflect cultural differences or do they also mshfouz larger, more universal themes?

And Clara lost any chance at having the peaceful marriage for which she longed. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Although these intertwined fables are, like the volume that inspired them, set in the past, they deal with all-too-modern consequences of fairy-tale adventures.


We are experiencing technical difficulties. Questions and Topics for Discussion 1 How would you identify the novel you are reading in terms of style and genre? Inthere was a revolution.

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LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Consulting the publication chronology provided at the back of this guide, locate the period in which the book you have read came out, and discuss what elements there are in the writing style that identify it as belonging to that particular genre. As its title suggests, the focus in this novel shifts to contemporary life in modern Egypt. The obvious comparison in English is John Barth’s Chimera — but Mahfouz’s greater faith in old-fashioned narrative allows him to weave modernist psychology and legendary rhetoric, making his Arabian Nights both disturbing nnights spellbinding.

Henry and Wnd did marry, inand had three children. Here are genies and flying carpets, Aladdin and Sinbad, Ali Baba, and many other familiar stories from the tradition of The One Thousand and One Nightsmade new by the magical pen of the acknowledged dean of Arabic letters, who plumbs their depths for timeless truths. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Obsessively replaying the night at Ford’s Theatre, Henry became convinced that Clara had been unfaithful in their marriage and on the night of the assassination by paying more attention to Lincoln’s injuries than to his own.


He was the first Arab writer ever to receive the Nobel. Few writers display such masterly comprehension of the interconnectedness of character and fate.

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And so it was that they accompanied the Lincolns on that fateful night that took the president’s life and deeply affected three other lives. Jun 15, Pages Buy. Be the first to mahfoiz new talent!

In fact, many of the novels themselves bear the names of the quarters of historical Cairo in which Mahfouz grew up. Henry, already prone to dark and aggressive moods, began seeing snickers in every comment and seeing sneers in every glance as he became mahfiuz as the man who failed to save Lincoln’s life.

Can you picture the events depicted here or the sensations of the characters occurring in our own society at any given point in our history? Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.