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In his final years, Egyptian Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz distilled his storyteller's art to its most essential level. Written with the compression and power of dreams, these poetic vignettes, originally collected in two books, The Dreams and Dreams of Departure, here combined in one volume for the first time.

 These stories telescope epic tales into tersely haunting miniatures. A man finds his neighborhood has turned into a circus, but his joy turns to anger when he cannot escape it. An obscure writer finally achieves fame-through the epitaph on his grave. A group of friends telling jokes in an alley face the murderous revenge of an ancient Egyptian queen. Figures from Mahfouz's past-women he loved, men who inspired him, even fictional characters from his own novels-float through tales dreamed by a mind too fertile ever to rest, even in sleep.

 Translated by Raymond Stock

Synopsis:

Egyptian Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz distilled his powerful storyteller's art to its most essential level in these poetic vignettes, originally collected in two books, The Dreams and Dreams of Departure, and here combined in one volume for the first time.

These one-and two-page pieces telescope epic tales into tersely haunting miniatures. A man finds his neighborhood turned into a circus, but his joy turns to anger when he cannot escape it. A group of joke-telling friends provoke the murderous revenge of an ancient Egyptian queen. Figures from Mahfouz's past--women he loved, men who inspired him, and even characters from his novels--float through these tales dreamed by a mind too fertile ever to rest, even in sleep.

Translated from the Arabic by Raymond Stock.

About the Author

Naguib Mahfouz won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1989. He died in Cairo in 2006.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307455079
Author:
Mahfouz, Naguib
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Translator:
Stock, Raymond
Author:
Stock, Raymond
Author:
Mahfouz, Naguib
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Egypt Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.90x5.10x.60 in. .50 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Anchor Books - English 9780307455079 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Egyptian Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz distilled his powerful storyteller's art to its most essential level in these poetic vignettes, originally collected in two books, The Dreams and Dreams of Departure, and here combined in one volume for the first time.

These one-and two-page pieces telescope epic tales into tersely haunting miniatures. A man finds his neighborhood turned into a circus, but his joy turns to anger when he cannot escape it. A group of joke-telling friends provoke the murderous revenge of an ancient Egyptian queen. Figures from Mahfouz's past--women he loved, men who inspired him, and even characters from his novels--float through these tales dreamed by a mind too fertile ever to rest, even in sleep.

Translated from the Arabic by Raymond Stock.

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