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Midaq Alley (1947) [Novel]
by Naguib Mahfouz Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Never has Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz's talent for rich and luxurious storytelling been more evident than in Midaq Alley, which centers around the residents of one of the hustling, teeming back alleys of Cairo. From Zaita the cripple-maker to Kirsha the cafe owner with a taste for young boys and drugs, to Abbas the barber who mistakes love for greed, to Hamida who sells her soul to escape the alley, these characters vividly evoke the sights, sounds and smells of Cairo. Long after one finishes reading, the smell of fresh bread lingers, as does the image of the men gathering at the cafe for their nightly ritual. The universality and timelessness of this book cannot be denied.

Original title: Zuqaq al-Midaq
Original languages: Arabic


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionRegional Interest

Edition #1: Midaq Alley

Midaq Alley (1991)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Trevor Le Gassick
  • "Naguib Mahfouz virtually invented the novel as an Arab form. He excels at fusing deep emotion and soap opera." New York Times Book Review
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Manifested in:

Midaq Alley (December 1, 1991)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Anchor Books
ISBN: 9780385264761
Dimensions: 5.3 x 7.9 x 0.7
Pages: 304

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