Sugar Street by Naguib Mahfouz
(The Cairo Trilogy, Vol. 3)

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The New York Times Book Review called Palace Walk, the first volume of the Cairo Trilogy, "a tale told with great affection, sensitivity, and humor" and described Palace of Desire, the second volume, as "elegant and often explosive." The Nobel Prize winner now offers the climactic third volume, print.
 

About Naguib Mahfouz

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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.
 
Published December 1, 1991 by Doubleday. 308 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The final volume in Nobel laureate Mahfouz's magisterial Cairo trilogy takes the Abd al-Jawad family from a rising tide of nationalist sentiment in 1935 through the darkness and confusion of WW II, as Britain defends an Egypt officially neutral.

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Nobel laureate Mahfouz's third volume of his Cairo Trilogy, a stunning portrait of a family in dissolution, mirrors its setting--an Egypt that is adjusting to the modern world. (Jan.)

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Nobel Prize winner Mahfouz's stunning portrait of a family in dissolution (first published in 1957) mirrors an Egypt trying to plunge into the modern world but beset by colonialism, a rigid class system and political oppression.

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To escape the pre-wedding frenzy, Noha sneaks off to the woods with her lover and discovers something devastating that changes her mind completely and forces her to take control of her own life.

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Hamida lives with her mother in a humble alley, Zokaz el Madak, where Abass the barber proposes to her but is too poor so is forced to take up work in a British military camp to improve his income and win her hand.

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Contemporary authors like Hisham Matar cite Munif as a key influence, and his moral courage in tackling the social malaises of the Arab world landed him in hot water with his Saudi compatriots (he was stripped of his nationality because of his activism and writing).

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His dazzling novel Azazeel, which took the form of a series of confessional scrolls written by Hypa, a doubt-wracked monk, as he wandered across Egypt and Syria, stirred the ire of Egypt’s Coptic church who were offended by Ziedan’s representations of the early Christian church.

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