Naguib Mahfouz Centennial Library Celebrating One Hundred Years of Egypt's Nobel Laureate
To celebrate the centenary of the birth of the great Egyptian writer and Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, the AUC Press, which has been publishing English translations of Mahfouz's work since 1978, presents all his novels, three collections of short More...
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Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Size: 10.75" wide x 13.50" long x 16.00" tall
To celebrate the centenary of the birth of the great Egyptian writer and Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, the AUC Press, which has been publishing English translations of Mahfouz's work since 1978, presents all his novels, three collections of short stories, and his autobiographical writings in a single library of 20 hardbound volumes, including all 42 works translated into English. FromKhufu's Wisdom, first published in Arabic in 1939, to his last work of extended fiction,The Coffeehouse(1988), all thirty-five of his novels are here, along with thirty-eight short stories HisEchoes ofan Autobiographyis included, as well as his exquisite late series of intensely short fictions known asThe Dreamsand the collection of his weekly newspaper columns,Naguib Mahfouz at Sidi Gaber.This unique library brings together all Naguib Mahfouz's translated work for the first time in a very special publishing event.· Volume 1: Khufu's Wisdom, Rhadopis of Nubia, Thebes at War· Volume 2: Cairo Modern, Khan al-Khalili· Volume 3: Midaq Alley· Volume 4: The Mirage· Volume 5: The Beginning and the End· Volume 6: Palace Walk· Volume 7: Palace of Desire· Volume 8: Sugar Street· Volume 9: Children of the Alley· Volume 10: The Thief and the Dogs, Autumn Quail, The Search· Volume 11: The Beggar, Adrift on the Nile, Miramar· Volume 12: Mirrors, Love in the Rain, Karnak Café· Volume 13: Fountain and Tomb, Heart of the Night, Respected Sir· Volume 14: The Harafish· Volume 15: In the Time of Love, Wedding Song, Arabian Nights and Days· Volume 16: The Final Hour, Before the Throne· Volume 17: The Journey of Ibn Fattouma, Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth· Volume 18: The Day the Leader Was Killed, Morning and Evening Talk, The Coffeehouse· Volume 19: Echoes of an Autobiography, The Dreams, Dreams of Departure, Naguib Mahfouz at Sidi Gaber· Volume 20: The Time and the Place, The Seventh Heaven, Voices from the Other World.
The son of a Cairo merchant, Najib Mahfuz studied philosophy at Cairo University. He spent many years in government posts, retiring from that career in 1971. His writing career began with several historical novels, the first of which appeared in 1939. In 1945, he completed the first of his novels depicting the life of Cairo's Egyptian middle class, and during the 1950's, he gained fame with the publication of his "Cairo trilogy." The three volumes, which follow the 'Abd al-Jawad family through the first half of the twentieth century, are "Bayna al-Qasrayn" (Between the Two Palaces) (1990) (translated as Palace Walk), "Qasr al-Shawq" ( Palace of Desire) (1991), and "Sukkariyah" (Sugar Street) (1992). Mahfuz's earlier work is realistic but later work shows a more abstract or allegorical style, as well as exploration of new ideas. The later work also makes heavier use of dialogue and omniscient narration. While most famous as a novelist (he has written more than 30 novels), Mahfuz has written over 100 short stories, as well as some plays. Winning the Nobel Prize for literature in 1988 only reinforced the primary place Mahfuz already held among Arabic speakers. It did have the effect, however, of stimulating him to new work after a period of producing very little. Even now, past 80, he is active. Even before he was awarded the Nobel Prize, Najib Mahfuz was better represented in English and other translations than any other Arab writer. American University in Cairo (AUC) Press has been issuing his complete corpus in English translation. The number of titles is growing, and almost all are available. Three Continents Press has also issued many of Mahfuz's works over the years in readily available and inexpensive editions. Also, since 1989 Doubleday has been regularly issuing hardcover editions of his work, which are usually the same as those issued by AUC Press.