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This is an auction for THE TIME AND THE PLACE & OTHER STORIES by Naguib Mahfouz.

"Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist and 1988 Nobel laureate, shows his concern with the past versus the present a la Proust. The Time and the Place , which includes a commendable introduction by the translator, is a collection of stories published from 1962 to 1988. It details the life of Cairo residents as they try to survive poverty, brood over death, and endure outmoded tradition. In the title story, which contemplates the supernatural, the narrator offers subjective explanation for the history of a family that lived in an old house. "The Empty Cafe" is a superb evocation of the loneliness of old age. "The Ditch" details a middle-class family forced by housing shortages to move into their ancestral mausoleum. Mahfouz is a sombre writer, but his subtle narrative technique and stately prose give one much to ponder. Recommended."
- Library Journal (US) review:

"Selected and translated by Denys Johnson-Daivies, these stories have all the celebrated and distinctive characters and qualities found in Mahfouz's novels: The denizens of the dark, narrow alleyways of Cairo, who struggle to survive the poverty; melancholy ruminations on death; experiments with the supernatural; and witty excursions into Cairene middle-class life."

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"Naguib Mahfouz (1911–2006) was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. He is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature to explore themes of existentialism... "

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Large format (trade) paperback 1991.

174 pages.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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