Palace of Desire

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Anchor Books, 2011 - Fiction - 448 pages
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Palace of Desire is the second novel in Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz's magnificent Cairo Trilogy, an epic family saga of colonial Egypt that is considered his masterwork.

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. In Palace of Desire, his rebellious children struggle to move beyond his domination, as the world around them opens to the currents of modernity and political and domestic turmoil brought by the 1920s.

Translated by William Maynard Hutchins, Lorne M. Kenny, and Olive E. Kenny.

 

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The family of Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad was devastated five years earlier by the death of beloved middle son Fahmy in a revolutionary uprising. Egypt is still loosely under the control of the ... Read full review

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Palace of Desire continues the epic story begun in the first book of Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz’s highly acclaimed Cairo Trilogy. It picks up five years after the end of the first book. The Sayid ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
10
Section 3
27
Section 4
52
Section 5
64
Section 6
72
Section 7
82
Section 8
98
Section 17
256
Section 18
264
Section 19
272
Section 20
283
Section 21
300
Section 22
306
Section 23
314
Section 24
320

Section 9
107
Section 10
116
Section 11
138
Section 12
144
Section 13
180
Section 14
210
Section 15
230
Section 16
244
Section 25
344
Section 26
354
Section 27
362
Section 28
382
Section 29
408
Section 30
425
Section 31
442
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Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo in 1911 and began writing when he was seventeen. A student of philosophy and an avid reader, his works range from reimaginings of ancient myths to subtle commentaries on contemporary Egyptian politics and culture. Over a career that lasted more than five decades, he wrote 33 novels, 13 short story anthologies, numerous plays, and 30 screenplays. Of his many works, 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 became the first writer in Arabic to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in August 2006.

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