Children of the Alley by Naguib Mahfouz
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First published in Arabic in 1959, the story of an Egyptian family mirrors the spiritual history of humankind as a feudal lord disowns one son for diabolical pride and puts another son to the ultimate test. By the Nobel Prize-winning author of Arabian Nights and Days.
 

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NAGUIB MAHFOUZ was born in 1911 in the crowded Cairo district of Gamaliya. He studied philosophy at Cairo University, then worked in various government ministries until his retirement in 1971. His first three published novels were Khufu's Wisdom (1939), Rhadopis of Nubia (1943), and Thebes at War (1944), all of which are set in ancient Egypt. These political and philosophical critiques disguised as historical romances show the unmistakable signs of a burgeoning literary genius. He went on to write more than 35 other novel-length works, plus hundreds of short stories and numerous cinema plots and scenarios, many of which have been made into successful films. Naguib Mahfouz was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1988. In 2006, he died at the age of 95. Theroux was educated at Harvard University and the American University of Cairo. He has lived and traveled in Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia.
 
Published December 1, 1995 by Doubleday. 448 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gabalawi, whose great wealth and sovereign power are reputedly ill-gotten, rules tyrannically over "his" people and especially over his five sons.

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Originally published in Arabic in 1959, Mahfouz's multigenerational saga presents an allegorical look at spirituality. (Nov.)

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The alley--at once a metaphor for Egypt and for all the world--is rife with echoes of the Bible: among the heroes it produces are the shepherd Qassem, who pioneers nonviolent conflict resolution and later leads a militant revolt, and Rifaa, a carpenter's son who exorcises demons.

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Originally published in Arabic in 1959, Mahfouz's multigenerational saga presents an allegorical look at spirituality. (Nov.)

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