The tumultuous “alley” of this rich and intricate novel (first published in Arabic in 1959) tells the story of a delightful Egyptian family, but also reveals a second, hidden, and daring narrative: the spiritual history of humankind. From the supreme fuedal lord who disowns one son for diabolical pride and puts another to the test, to the savior of a succeeding generation who frees his people from bondage, we find the men and women of a modern Cairo neighborood unwittingly reenacting the lives of their holy ancestors: the “children of the alley.” This powerful, self-contained novel confirms again the richness and variety of Mahfouz’s storytelling and his status as “the single most important writer in modern Arabic literature” (Newsweek).
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About Naguib Mahfouz
Naguib Mahfouz was one of the most prominent writers of Arabic fiction in the twentieth century. Born in Cairo in 1911, he began writing when he was seventeen. Over his long career, he wrote nearly forty novel-length works and hundreds… More about Naguib Mahfouz
Published by Anchor Oct 18, 1996| 464 Pages| 5-3/16 x 8| ISBN 9780385264730