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  • A masterpiece

    The Times
  • It is Mahfouz's wonderful ability to delineate human beings from their outer appearances which gives Palace Walk its universal appeal. I shall read it again and again

  • There is nothing in world literature quite like Palace Walk... This is writing worthy of a Tolstoy, a Flaubert or a Proust

  • Naguib Mahfouz's CAIRO TRILOGY puts all contemporary writers in the shade. He is the Arab Tolstoy

    Simon Sebag Montefiore, Twitter
  • Luminous... All the magic, mystery and suffering of Egypt in the 1920s are conveyed on a human scale

    The New York Times Book Review

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