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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Fantasy Fiction Literature Mythology. Here are genies and flying carpets, Aladdin and Sinbad, Ali Baba, and many other familiar stories from the tradition of The One Thousand ngauib One Nightsmade new by the magical pen of the acknowledged dean of Arabic letters, who nighhs their depths for timeless truths.

In “Sanaan al-Gamali,” a merchant, purchasing his life from a genie he has crossed, is ordered to kill the corrupt governor; but when Sanaan goes to see him, the governor, every inch the modern wheeler-dealer, asks if he can marry Sanaan’s daughter, offers his own daughter as a bride for Sanaan’s son, and announces his plan to sign an enormous contract with one of Sanaan’s relatives.

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This is a world of endless transformations: LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Stay in Touch Sign up. What does it have in common with Western literature you have read? At age 19, he enrolled in the Department of Philosophy at Cairo University then King Fuad Universityfrom which he graduated in Jun 15, Pages. Does this appear to be true in the novel s you have read?


In “The Cap of Invisibility,” a righteous man accepts a magical gift on the condition that he be allowed to do “anything except what [his] conscience dictates”; he then faces moral dilemmas the original Arabian Nights never dreamed of.

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Lincoln on April 14,but rather the 0. For conversation, which flourishes here, rests on an assumption of equality. About this Author Born in to a low-ranking civil servant, Mahfouz grew up in Gamaliyya, a tradition-rich section of historical Cairo.

Inspired by Your Browsing Nagiub. Also by Naguib Mahfouz. What effect does he achieve through the employment of this universal tongue? Sep 15, Pages Buy.

Naguib Mahfouz Author Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo in and began writing when he was seventeen. His nearly forty novels and hundreds of short stories range from re-imaginings of ancient myths to subtle commentaries on contemporary Egyptian politics and culture.

On Christmas Eve morning ofHenry shot and then stabbed Clara to death before turning the nguib on himself.


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 and spellbinding. An eloquent ratification of his Nobel Prize. Of his… More about Naguib Mahfouz. 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? The six novels and two collections of short stories he published between and deal with severe existential and spiritual crises in a hauntingly lyrical style.


My work was shaped by being so Egyptian.

From tohis output changed, with the pieces becoming existential and concerned with souls in a state of spiritual crisis. Read it Forward Read it first. A buried girl is brought back to nihts after being executed, a governor is reincarnated as a porter and finds himself wooing his own wife; a sultan passes into an otherworldly domain of love and bliss in which he can’t remain.

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In “Nur Al-Din and Dunyazad,” peerless storyteller Shahrzad’s sister dreams of the perfume seller and wakens to find herself pregnant by him, with all the contemporary burdens of unwanted pregnancy. Does it alter any preconceptions you may have brought to the work for better or for worse?

The quest, however, is seldom successful. Mary Lincoln, already emotionally unstable, never recovered from the shooting and lived in and out of mental institutions until her death in Find out more about OverDrive accounts. Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo in and began writing when he was seventeen.

Please try again later. Literary Fiction Fairy Tales. SinceMahfouz has written 16 more novels and 10 more collections of short stories that span a wide variety of styles and themes. Why do you think he does this?