Naguib Mahfouz

Mahfouz Trilogy Three Novels of Ancient Egypt
  • Mahfouz Trilogy Three Novels of Ancient Egypt

  • The books' titles are taken from actual streets in Cairo, the city of Mahfouz's childhood and youth.
    The trilogy follows the life of the Cairene patriarch al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad and his family across three generations, from World War I to the overthrow of King Farouk in 1952.

Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo in 1911 and began writing when he was seventeen. A student of philosophy and an avid reader, he was influenced by many Western writers, including Flaubert, Balzac, Zola, Camus, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and, above all, Proust. He has more than thirty novels to his credit, ranging from his earliest historical romances to later experimental novels. In 1988, Mr Mahfouz was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died in 2006.