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This is a sweeping and evocative portrait of both a family and a country struggling to move toward independence in a society that has resisted change for centuries. Set against the backdrop of Britain's occupation of Egypt immediately after World War I, Palace Walk introduces us to the Al Jawad family. Ahmad, a middle-class shopkeeper runs his household strictly according to the Qur'an while at night he explores the pleasures of Cairo. A tyrant at home, Ahmad forces his gentle, oppressed wife and two daughters to live cloistered lives behind the house's latticed windows, while his three very different sons live in fear of his harsh will.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552995801
ISBN-10: 0552995800
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 32mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » Palace Walk introduces us to the Ahmad family, wealthy merchants living in Cairo during the early 1900s. Here is Old Cairo on the cusp of change: Egypt is struggling to eject the British, motorcars have appeared in the city centre, and tyrannical family head Al-Sayyid Ahmad's younger daughter has been hankering too much for a taste of the outside world... (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz was most prominent literary figure in the Arab world of the Twentieth Century, best known for his Cairo Trilogy (Palace Walk, Palace of Desire and Sugar Walk), which became an international bestseller. He was born in Cairo in 1911 and lived in the suburb of Agouza with his wife and two daughters for the rest of his life. He published more than thirty novels as well as many collections of short stories, plays and screenplays. In 1988, Mr Mahfouz was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first Arab writer to win it. In 1994, after the publication of a novel that led him into trouble with Egypt's religious authorities, an attempt was made on his life, but he died peacefully in 2006, aged 94.

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