Naguib Mahfouz

The Cairo Trilogy
  • The Cairo Trilogy

  • Omar Sharif leads an all-Egyptian cast in this three-part drama, recorded entirely in Egypt's capital.

    Adapted from the novels of Nobel Prize-winning author Naguib Mahfouz, this gripping family saga chronicles the life of a downwardly-mobile middle class family as Egypt emerges from colonialism and adjusts to the modern world.

    The Cairo Trilogy traces three generations of the family of tyrannical patriarch Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who rules his household with a strict hand while living a secret life of self-indulgence. We are introduced to his gentle, oppressed wife, Amina, his cloistered daughters, Aisha and Khadija, and his three sons–the tragic and idealistic Fahmy, the dissolute hedonist Yasin, and the soul-searching intellectual Kamal. As his rebellious children struggle to move beyond his domination, the world around them opens to the currents of modernity and political and domestic turmoil brought by the 1920s.

    Throughout the trilogy, the family’s trials mirror those of their turbulent country during the years spanning the two World Wars, as change comes to a society that has resisted it for centuries.

    Dramatised by Ayeesha Menon
    Directed by John Dryden
    Music by Sacha Puttnam

Naguib Mahfouz was an Egyptian author who won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his writing. He is probably best known for his acclaimed 'Cairo Trilogy'. Comprising three novels - Palace Walk, Palace of Desire and Sugar Street - it explores three generations of one Cairene family between 1917 and 1953.

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