Palace of Desire

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Doubleday, 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

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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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Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo, Egypt on December 11, 1911. He received a degree in philosophy from the University of Cairo. He took on several civil service and government department jobs to supplement his income while writing, but retired from that career in 1971. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 30 novels including The Games of Fate, The Cairo Trilogy, Children of Gebelawi, The Thief and the Dogs, Autumn Quail, Small Talk on the Nile, and Miramar. He received numerous awards including 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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