Search Results: "David Naguib Pellow"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A clear description of a troubling problem and an important contribution to debates on immigration policy."
Two academic activists peel back the surface of the idyllic resort town of Aspen, Colo., and find a not-so-pretty picture underneath. Read full book review >

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AKHENATEN by Naguib Mahfouz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2000

"Mahfouz is a marvel: a fabulist of real genius whose expressive power and mastery of narrative economy haven't diminished an iota in more than a halfcentury of inspired literary achievement."
A first US publication of a 1985 novel, by the 1988 Nobel laureate, examines the life of the "heretic" pharaoh of Egypt's 18th dynasty (of, roughly, the 14th century b.c.), whose stubborn embrace of monotheism challenged his culture's most cherished traditions and may have precipitated his early death. Read full book review >

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THE HARAFISH by Naguib Mahfouz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 1994

"Mahfouz's consummate storytelling abilities, marked by operatic events, vibrant characters, and resonant writing, result in another triumphant epic."
This saga by the Egyptian Nobel laureate and author of the acclaimed Cairo Trilogy tells the story of the tumultuous rise and fall of the al-Nagi family, whose members struggle throughout the generations to recover its honor and live up to its glorious past. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN OF THE ALLEY by Naguib Mahfouz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 1996

The unending conflict between Faith and Reason is given intriguing fictional form in this uneven yet fascinating symbolic allegory by Egypt's 1988 Nobel Prize winner. Read full book review >

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ADRIFT ON THE NILE by Naguib Mahfouz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 1993

"Quietly, disturbingly incisive about modern Cairo's uneasy truce between old ways and new, though less powerfully compressed than either The Cairo Trilogy or last year's magical The Journey of Ibn Fattouma."
Ten young professionals spend their evenings drifting in a houseboat on the Nile until a senseless tragedy splits them apart—in a brief 1966 novel, the most clearly modernist work yet translated into English by the Nobel-winning author of The Cairo Trilogy. Read full book review >

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PALACE WALK by Naguib Mahfouz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1989

"The remaining volumes of the trilogy are due for publication on New Year's 1991 and 1992—reason enough for celebration."
Hard on the first English trade publication of any of the 1988 Nobel prize-winner's fiction (The Thief and the Dogs, Wedding Song, and The Beginning and the End—not reviewed) comes this first volume of his celebrated Cairo Trilogy, written in 1952 and originally published in Arabic in 1956. Read full book review >

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PALACE OF DESIRE by Naguib Mahfouz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1990

"A splendid achievement."
The second volume of Nobel laureate Mahfouz's marvelous Cairo trilogy, first published in Arabic in 1956, picks up the family saga of al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad five years after the killing of his son Fahmy by British troops in Palace Walk. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"For those more patient, the novelist offers a haunting commonplace book of tranquil wisdom."
Americans accustomed to the histrionic self-display of celebrity memoirs and the self-involved, studied impressionism of writers' self-portraits are likely to find Nobel laureate Mahfouz's fragmentary approach to autobiography charmingly novel. Read full book review >

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THE JOURNEY OF IBN FATTOUMA by Naguib Mahfouz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 1992

"Still, an ideal introduction to Mahfouz for readers put off by the Cairo Trilogy's expansive length."
Nobelist Mahfouz offers here a slender, magical parable of idealism and compromise through a stylized Middle East odyssey, first published in Arabic in 1983. Read full book review >

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THE TIME AND THE PLACE by Naguib Mahfouz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1991

"A magical-mystery sampler, then, of a most original writer."
Twenty short stories—selected by Mahfouz—from some 14 volumes published in Arabic between 1962 and 1988, the year he became a Nobel laureate: all but four, set mostly in a picturesque district of Cairo, appear in English for the first time. Read full book review >

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SUGAR STREET by Naguib Mahfouz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 1992

"His trilogy shows just how rich and vital that tradition remains in the hands of a master."
The final volume in Nobel laureate Mahfouz's magisterial Cairo trilogy takes the Abd al-Jawad family from a rising tide of nationalist sentiment in 1935 through the darkness and confusion of WW II, as Britain defends an Egypt officially neutral. Read full book review >