Naguib Mahfouz
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February  2014
514 pp.
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15X23 cm
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Palace Walk

Naguib Mahfouz
Translated by William M. Hutchins
Olive E. Kenny

A new edition of a perennial favorite, the first part of the Cairo Trilogy

Palace Walk transports us into the life of a Cairo family during Egypt's occupation by British forces in the 1900s. The father, Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, is somber and tyrannical with his wife and children, but at night seeks pleasure in the aesthetic and erotic. His wife, Amina, is a willing prisoner in a society where it is forbidden for a virtuous woman to leave her house except in the company of her husband or adult sons. Aisha, their younger daughter, dares to peer through the mashrabeya from which the women view the world. And Fahmy, their second son, is caught up in the violence that threatens them all as Egypt struggles to become free.
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Naguib Mahfouz was born in 1911 in the crowded Cairo district of Gamaliya. He wrote nearly 40 novel-length works, plus hundreds of short stories and numerous cinema plots and scenarios. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988. He died in Cairo on August 30, 2006 at the age of 94. William M. Hutchins, a professor in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Appalachian State University, has translated the works of many Arab writers, including Tawfiq al-Hakim, Fadhil al-Azzawi, Ibrahim al-Koni, and Mohammed Khudayyir. He was awarded the 2013 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for his translation of A Land without Jasmine by Wajdi al-Ahdal. Olive E. Kenny studied Arabic in Cairo and taught English there for many years. Her translation credits include Naguib Mahfouz’s Palace of Desire and Wedding Song, and War in the Land of Egypt by Yusuf al-Qaid.

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“A marvellous evocation of the repressive, patriarchal nature of the traditional Arab family—and the secrets family members keep.”—Matt Rees, The Guardian

"An engrossing work, whose author can take his place alongside any European master you care to name."—Sunday Times

"Teeming with life and contention. . . it promises riches."—Anthony Burgess

"Throughout Naguib Mahfouz's fiction there is a pervasive sense of metaphor, of a literary artist who is using his fiction to speak directly and unequivocally to the condition of his country. His work is imbued with love for Egypt and its people, but it is also utterly honest and unsentimental."—Washington Post Book World

"Mahfouz's masterpiece."—Nadine Gordimer

"The alleys, the houses, the palaces and mosques and the people who live among them are evoked as vividly in [Mafouz's] work as the streets of London were conjured up by Dickens."—Newsweek

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