Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385264761, 304pp.
Publication Date: December 1, 1991
Widely acclaimed asNaguib Mahfouz's best novel, Midaq Alley brings to lifeone of the hustling, teeming back alleysof Cairoin the 1940s. From Zaita the cripple-maker to Kirsha the hedonistic cafe owner, from Abbas the barber who mistakes greed for love to Hamida who sells her soul to escape the alley, from waiters and widows to politicians, pimps, and poets, the inhabitants of Midaq Alleyvividly evoke Egypt's largestcity as it teeters on the brink of change. Never has Nobel Prize-winnerMahfouz's talent for rich and luxurious storytelling been more evident than here, in his portrait ofone small streetas a microcosm of the world on the threshold of modernity.
About the Author
Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo in 1911 and began writing when he was seventeen. His nearly forty novels and hundreds of short stories range from re-imaginings of ancient myths to subtle commentaries on contemporary Egyptian politics and culture. Of his many works, most famous is The Cairo Trilogy, consisting of Palace Walk (1956), Palace of Desire (1957), and Sugar Street (1957), which focuses on a Cairo family through three generations, from 1917 until 1952. In 1988, he was the first writer in Arabic to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in August 2006.