Palace of Desire

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1991 - Fiction - 422 pages
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Master storyteller Naguib Mahfouz follows the family of Al-Sayyid Ahmad into the awakening world of Cairo in the '20s in a sensual and provocative novel sure to enthrall the legions of readers who made Palace Walk a bestseller. Filled with drama, humor, and remarkable insights into the human condition, this is an unforgettable story.

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PALACE OF DESIRE: The Cairo Trilogy, Volume 2

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The second volume of Nobel laureate Mahfouz's marvelous Cairo trilogy, first published in Arabic in 1956, picks up the family saga of al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad five years after the killing of his ... Read full review

Palace of desire

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Al-Sayyid Ahmad is mellowing as he leaves middle age. As this second novel of "The Cairo Trilogy'' opens, he is ending his self-imposed abstention from liquor and women, begun five years earlier upon ... Read full review


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Writer Naguib Mahfouz was born on December 11, 1911 in Cairo, Egypt and later graduated from the University of Cairo. Mahfouz took on several civil service and government department jobs to supplement his income while writing. Mahfouz wrote three novels depicting Egyptian life: "The Games of Fate," "The Cairo Trilogy," and "Children of Gebelawi." For his writing, Mahfouz was awarded the Egyptian State Prize, the Presidential Medal from the American University in Cairo, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988. He died as a result of a head injury on August 30, 2006 at the age of 94.

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