Adrift on the Nile

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Adrift on the Nile

By Naguib Mahfouz; Frances Liardet (Translator)

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385423335, 167pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 1994

First published in 1966, Naguib Mahfouz's "Adrift on the Nile" is an atmospheric novel that dramatizes the rootlessness of Egypt's cosmopolitan middle class. Anis Zani is a bored and drug-addicted civil servant who is barely holding on to his job. Every evening he hosts a gathering on a houseboat on the Nile, where he and a motley group of cynical and aimless friends share a water pipe full of kif, a mixture of tobacco and marijuana. When a young female journalist an alarmingly serious person joins them and begins secretly documenting their activities, the group's harmony starts disintegrating, culminating in a midnight joyride that ends in tragedy.

About the Author
Naguib Mahfouz (1911 2006) was the most important Arabic writer of his generation. He is the author of over thirty novels, including "The Cairo Trilogy", "Thief and the Dog", "Miramar", and "Children of the Alley". He is the winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature.