Palace of Desire (Paperback)

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By Naguib Mahfouz, William Maynard Hutchins (Translator), Lorne M. Kenny (Translator)
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Description


"Palace of Desire "is the second novel in Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz's magnificentCairo 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.

About the Author


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.

Praise For…


“Mahfouz tells the story of Palace of Desire with sensitivity and humor, offering deep insights into the human condition.” —Philadelphia Inquirer 
 
“All the magic, mystery, and suffering of Egypt in the 1920s are conveyed on a human scale.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A grand novel of ideas. . . . A marvelous read.” —The Washington Post
 
“In Palace of Desire
we see the intricate and complex tragedy of patriarchy working itself out through succeeding generations.” —Chicago Tribune

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307947116
ISBN-10: 0307947114
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: November 29th, 2011
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: Cairo Trilogy