Midaq Alley is a small, poor neighborhood in Cairo whose lives and doings are chronicled here during the Second World War. Among an array of characters are Salim Alwan, a young barbershop owner; Umm Hamida, bath attendant and marriage broker; Hussain Kirsha, a middle-aged cafe owner who ignores his wife to spend time with young men; and even Zaita, a dirty street person whose specialty is creating other beggars (even if that means breaking a limb or blin... Palace of Desire
... Palace Walk
The Cairo Trologyk written in the years 1956-58,is a major work of the Egyptian Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz. With the mystical, convoluted streets of Cairo as the background,the trilogy is divided into three novels: "Palace Walk, "Palace of Desire", and "Sugar Street".
"Palace Walk"takes place during World War I with the story of Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abdal-al Jawad,married to Amina, and father of three sons, the amoralYasin, Fahmy and young Kamal, and... Sugar Street
"Sugar Street", the third novel in the Cairo Trilogy by the 1988 Egyptian Nobel Laureate, Naguib Mahfouz, follow the family of Al-Sayyid Ahmad and his wife, Amina, into the generation of his grandsons.
During the years from 1930 to 1952, the grandsons marry; one, a modern, working woman, the other, his cousin, a traditional Muslim woman who dies in childbirth. At the same time, Egypt, once a democracy, sucumbs to nationalist party ribalries, and ...
The Beginning and the End
I'm Italian, so I'll do my best: this is the story of an impoverished family.The sudden poverty brings the two sons, Hasan and the younger Hasanayn, and the daughter Nafisa to loose their honesty and to forget moral behaviours. When the family has again a situation of well-being, the real tragedy happens.... The Thief and the Dogs
Said is a thief who is in prison for an extensive amount of time. He is released when the book begins and seeks revenge on his wife and friend who betrayed him. Said is very lost and will only find satisfaction when he gets what he wants. He devises a plan but accidentally kills two innocent civilians in the process. Said never accomplishes his plan and unfortunately will never find emotional peace. ...