The sensual and provocative second volume in the "Cairo Trilogy", "Palace Of Desire" follows the Al Jawad family into the awakening world of the 1920's and the sometimes violent clash between Islamic ideals, personal dreams and modern realities. Having given up his vices after his son's death, ageing patriarch Al-Sayyid Ahmad pursues an arousing lute-player - only to find she has married his eldest son. His rebellious children struggle to move beyond his domination as they test the loosening reins of societal and parental control. And Ahmad's youngest son, in an unforgettable portrayal of unrequited love, ardently courts the sophisticated daughter of a rich Europeanised family.
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(198mm x 127mm x 27mm)
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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Second volume of the 1988 Nobel prizewinner's Cairo trilogy: the Ahmad family's story is set against the backdrop of 1920s Cairo, with its air of freedom and allure. The city is as much a character as Joyce's Dublin or Dickens's London. Mahfouz's sharp and detailed writing has been sympathetically translated, and for an understanding of the Middle East, and Arab culture in particular, there are few better places to start. Wonderful books! (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.