By Naguib Mahfouz

ISBN-10: 0385423330

ISBN-13: 9780385423335

A beautiful novel via the widest-read Arab author presently released within the U.S. The age of Nasser has ushered in huge, immense social swap, and many of the middle-aged and middle-class little children of the previous bourgeoisie locate themselves attempting to recreate the comfy, enchanted global they so dearly omit. One evening, notwithstanding, artwork and fact collide--with unexpected conditions.

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And each time the cultured young miss wishes to leave, the magician insists on her staying. In a little while, destruction will befall the gathering. Omar Khayyam, who gave his name to a school of philosophy, now has a hotel called after him where all kinds of fun take place. He told me at our last meeting that if he had lived until now, he would have joined one of the sporting clubs . . " The men and women left--all except Ragab and Samara. One thing is sure. They do not know that it is the Nile which has condemned us to ourselves.

He opened the purse. There were several bank notes in it. He decided to take fifty piasters to give to the girl Amm Abduh would bring-what a delightful idea. Then another, matchless notion occurred, one uniquely capable of stirring up all kinds of mischief: he took the notebook and slid it into his pocket. Then he closed the bag, and began to shake with laughter. He would do a little surgery again. The operation he had failed at so many years ago. Open up a heart that was closed to him. His youth would be renewed.

Omar Khayyam, who gave his name to a school of philosophy, now has a hotel called after him where all kinds of fun take place. He told me at our last meeting that if he had lived until now, he would have joined one of the sporting clubs . . " The men and women left--all except Ragab and Samara. One thing is sure. They do not know that it is the Nile which has condemned us to ourselves. And that nothing remains of our ancient worship except the cult of the bull god, Apis. And that the real malady is fear of life, not death.

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