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Maḥfūẓ, Najīb 1911-2006

Works: 1,651 works in 6,030 publications in 19 languages and 67,592 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Political fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Biography  Drama  Interviews  History  Film adaptations 
Subject Headings:
Roles: Author of screenplay, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Honoree, Creator, Interviewer
Classifications: PJ7846.A46, 892.736
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Most widely held works by Najīb Maḥfūẓ
Palace walk by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
42 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The engrossing saga of a Muslim family in Cairo during Egypt's occupation by British forces in the early 1900's. Arabic title: Bayn al-Qasrayn. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
Palace of desire by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
40 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 2,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Continuing the story of al-Sayyid Ahmad and his family, this is a fascinating look at Egypt in the 1920s. Increased personal freedoms mix tenuously with traditions of family control, as two of Ahmad's sons court alluring women
Midaq Alley by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
70 editions published between 1966 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Never has Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz's talent for rich and luxurious storytelling been more evident than in this outstanding novel, first published in Arabic in 1947. One of his most popular books (and considered by many to be one of his best), Midaq Alley centers around the residents of one of the teeming back alleys of Cairo
Sugar Street by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
33 editions published between 1957 and 2011 in English and held by 2,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Story of the family of al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad moving into the middle of the twentieth century while the seeds of contemporary Egypt are sown
Arabian nights and days by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
26 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 1,535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Seventeen tales based on the classic, The Thousand and One Nights, but full of modern messages. In recounting his adventures, Sinbad-the-Sailor observes it is wrong to be a prisoner of tradition. The book's Egyptian author was recently the object of an assassination attempt by fundamentalists
Miramar by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
147 editions published between 1967 and 2012 in 19 languages and held by 1,393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pension Miramar engages a fellaha (a young peasant woman), who ran away from her village to avoid a forced marriage. She becomes the centre point of the attention of all the pension's inhabitants, because of her simplicity and natural beauty, but also for her ambition to get out of her traditional role of maid without education. The fellaha's battle to escape her humble fortune is mingled with her emotional love life and the more or less violent advances of some residents. The evolving story is told from (here) four different angles (persons), revealing slowly the real motives behind the different clashes. This novel contains some typical Mahfouz characters, like the career man, the wealthy playboy or the impostor ('employed by one master, serving secretly another'). Some themes are also familiar: 'If you have power, you have everything', or 'Everyone else around us behaves as if they didn't believe in God's existence'. The novel is also a reflection on the failure of the Egyptian Revolution of 1952: 'But was there an alternative? Only the Communists or the Muslim Brotherhood.'
Children of the alley by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
17 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 1,320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The tale of a Mafia-like don in Egypt. He lives in a mansion in Cairo, uphill at the end of an alley whose inhabitants he exploits. He is the patriarch of a large family whose wealth comes from dealing in drugs and various protection rackets. While family members jockey for power, the people below live in squalor, dreaming of the revolutionary heroes their poverty produced. An expose of injustice in Egypt by a Nobel Prize winner and author of 30 novels
The harafish by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
24 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in English and Arabic and held by 1,315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ashur al-Nagi grows from humble origins to become a great leader among the working class people of his alley, but the following generations of his family slip further and further into decadence and decline
The thief and the dogs by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
36 editions published between 1961 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When Said Mahran is released from prison, he finds that he has been betrayed emotionally, physically, and intellectually. In his confusion, he strikes back with reckless abandon and destroys himself
The beginning and the end by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
29 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 1,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
With this realistic 1949 novel, Najib Mahfouz reveals to Western readers the woes of a petit bourgeois family thrust into poverty in WW II Cairo. The Kamels' private battles, relayed here in engrossing detail, are a microcosm of the Egyptian nation's birth pangs in gaining independence. When their father dies, age-old conventions crumble--one social-climbing son reneges on a betrothal; drugs and illicit sex numb the grief of two self-hating siblings. Redolent of a culture verging on modernity, the work illumines courting rituals, weddings, funerals, food, dress, interior decor and and entertainment. According to Mahfouz, the plight of Egyptian women in the 1940s was complex. The widow Samira is respected, wise and controlling; her daughter Nefisa's physical ugliness is a virtual death sentence, and her skill at needlework a source of embarrassment, not pride
Adrift on the Nile by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
24 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 1,155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ushered in an age of enormous social change; responsibility is the watchword, and there is no time for the frivolous or the absurd. In this serious world, the theory of "art for art's sake" has been usurped by the concepts of committed theater, social realism, and art with a message for the people. These middle-aged and middle-class sons and daughters of the old bourgeoisie are left high and dry, to gather beneath the moonlight, smoking and chatting, hoping to re-create
Wedding song by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
23 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Four people--the leading man, the playwright, his father and his mother-explain a senasation new play creating four distinct dramas. Is it an extraordinary work of imagination or a confession of sordid family secrets?
The journey of Ibn Fattouma by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
18 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in English and held by 1,086 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this pithy, powerful parable, the masterly Naguib Mahfouz explores life's secrets and the mysterious maze of the human heart--a mystical and lyrical Pilgrim's Progress set in a mythical, timeless Middle East. --Publisher
Autumn quail by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
24 editions published between 1985 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Set during the Egyptian revolution of 1952 and the years immediately following, this 1962 novel by the Nobel laureate focuses on Isa, a senior civil servant during the last days of the monarchy, pensioned off after the upheaval for having taken bribes. "Although my mind is sometimes convinced by the revolution, my heart is always with the past. I just don't know if there can be any settlement between the two," says Isa, who abides his own peculiar moral code. Refusing to join his hypocritical friends in kowtowing to the new regime, he spurns the connections offered by his cousin Hasan, a key player in the infant republic, and becomes a nonentity; Hasan subsequently wins the hand of Isa's fiancee, Salwa, whose influential father and whose "sweet gentle expression that showed not only a kindly temperament but also an almost total lack of intelligence or warmth" makes her a coveted commodity. Isa's perhaps honorable career choice is later counterpointed by his despicable treatment of a prostitute whom he impregnatedpk, and of his barren wife. As translator Allen admits, the novel suffers from a falsely optimistic, contrived ending (Mahfouz may have been pleasing the "official cultural sector" to which he himself belonged) and from its coverage of an extended, four-year time period
The beggar by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
25 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in English and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In The Beggar, Mahfouz expresses his disdain with the current political situation in Egypt by using his characters as symbols of the past, present, and political views of his country. Omar al-Hamzawi's daughter Buthayna is one of the female protagonists in this story who symbolizes Egypt post the 1952 revolution. She is like Egypt, youthful and optimistic but naïve and ill-experienced. She is at a point in her life where the decision of poetry vs. science will determine how she develops and where she will go in life. Quite similar to the situation Egypt is facing after the revolt and establishment of a new government. Egypt was and is a country mired in fundamentalism and traditionalism. Should Buthayna be radical or should she accept what Egyptian society has already set forth for her? These were the problems confronting her. So it is easy to see where the comparison of Buthayna to Egypt post revolution comes from
The Cairo trilogy by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
23 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Naguib Mahfouz's trilogy of colonial Egypt is the story of a Muslim family in Cairo during Britain's occupation of Egypt in the early decades of the twentieth century." "The novels of The Cairo Trilogy trace 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. Palace Walk introduces us 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. Al-Sayyid Ahmad's rebellious children struggle to move beyond his domination in Palace of Desire, as the world around them opens to the currents of modernity and political and domestic turmoil brought by the 1920s. Sugar Street brings Mahfouz's vivid tapestry of an evolving Egypt to a dramatic climax as the aging patriarch sees one grandson become a Communist, one a Muslim fundamentalist, and one the lover of a powerful politician." "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."--BOOK JACKET
Respected sir by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
21 editions published between 1975 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
With this portrait of a misanthropic civil servant, the Egyptian Nobel laureate devises a cunning send-up of egregious ambition, stodgy bureaucracy and cloying piety. Mahfouz's overblown language mirrors the grandiose aspirations of his protagonist Othman Bayyumi, a common archives clerk who schemes for a lofty appointment as Director General, expounding that "a government position is a brick in the edifice of the state, and the state is an exhalation of the spirit of God, incarnate on earth." As Egypt experiences the birth pangs of nationalism, Othman remains an apolitical, selfish loner wallowing in his self-imposed misery, who fawns over his superiors, works like a dervish and squirrels away his money, his only physical pleasures the visits he pays religiously to a prostitute, which "were usually followed by a wholehearted plea for forgiveness and a prolonged resort to prayer and worship."45 Envisioning marriage as a means to forge social connections that will launch him to glory, he viciously turns down prospective brides; because no one is good enough for him, he ends up in his later years with two wives, one a opium-addict aging prostitute, the other a young woman who uses him as he sought to use others. -- from (April 26, 2011)
The search by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
18 editions published between 1987 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A young man's search for his patrimony turns sour when the scheming wife of his landlord enlists him in a plan to murder her husband for his money. Despite his misgivings and overwhelmed by the sexual frenzy she has induced, he follows through with the plan, only to be betrayed. Unflinching, tough, and dramatic, the Search was most certainly intended to be a harsh criticism of post-revolution morality. On its most elemental level, however, it is a powerful story of lust, greed and murder
Children of Gebelawi by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
25 editions published between 1981 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 789 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Akhenaten, dweller in truth by Najīb Maḥfūẓ ( Book )
15 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Naguib Mahfouz brings us the story of Akhenaten, or the "sun king," whose monotheistic beliefs eventually earned him a reputation as the most infamous ruler of ancient Egypt and the epithet "heretic pharaoh."" "Narrating the novel is a young man with a passion for the truth, who sets out to question Akhenaten's contemporaries, including his closest friends, his worst enemies, and finally, his wife, Nefertiti, years after the king's death in an effort to record a history free of bias. As our narrator and each of the subjects he interviews contribute their version of the story, Akhenaten emerges as a charismatic enigma whose character encompasses all of the contradictions his subjects see in him, and readers are allowed to decide for themselves the truth about Akhenaten."--Jacket
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Alternative Names
Machfus, Nagib
Machfūs, Nagīb 1911-2006
Machfus, Negib
Machfus Negib 1911-2006
Machfuz, Nagib.
Machfuz, Nagib 1911-2006
Mahfl'z Naguîb.
Mahfoez, Nagíb, 1911-2006
Mahfoez, Nagieb 1911-2006
Mahfoudh, Nagib
Mahfoudh Nagib 1911-2006
Mahfouz, N.
Mahfouz , Naguib
Mahfouz, Naguib, 1911-
Mahfouz Naguib 1911-2006
Mahfouz, Naguib, 1912-
Mahfouz, Naguib Bey 1911-2006
Mahfouz, Najib.
Mahfouz, Najib 1911-2006
Mahfouz, Nassib 1911-2006
Mahfūdh, Najīb, 1912-
Mahfus, Nadjib 1911-2006
Mahfus, Nagib
Mahfus Nagib 1911-2006
Maḥfuṭ, Nag'ib, 1911-2006
Maḥfūẓ ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz, Naǧīb, 1911-2006
Mahfuz, N., 1911-2006
Maḥfūz, Nadjīb, 1912-
Mahfuz, Nadżib.
Mahfúz, Nadžíb, 1911-2006
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Maḥfūẓ, Naǧīb
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Mahfuz, Naguib
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Maḥfûz, Naguîb, 1911-2006
Mahfuz, Naguib 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Sabillgi 1911-2006
Maḥfūẓ, Najib
Mahfūz, Najīb, 1911-
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Mahfuz, Najib, 1912-2006
Maḥfūẓ, Naŷīb, 1911-2006
Mahfuz, Necib 1911-2006
Mahfuz, Nedžib
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Mechfus, Nagib
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Mehfus, Nagib
Mehfus Nagib 1911-2006
Nadżib Mahfuz.
Nagib Machfus
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Nagib , Mahfuz
Naǧīb Maḥfūz 1911-2006
Naǧīb Maḥfūẓ ʿAbd-al-ʿAzīz Aḥmad al-Bāšā 1911-2006
Naǧīb Maḥfūẓ Ibn-ʿAbd-al-ʿAzīz Aḥmad al-Bāšā 1911-2006
Naǧīb Maḥfūẓ Ibn-Ibrāhīm ʿAbd-al-ʿAzīz al-Bāšā 1911-2006
Naǧīb Maḥfūẓ Ibrāhīm ʿAbd-al-ʿAzīz al-Bāšā 1911-2006
Nagib Makhfuz.
Nagib Makhfuz, 1911-
Nagib Makhfuz, 1911-2006
Naguîb Mahfl'z.
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מחפוז, נג׳יב
מחפוז, נג'יב
מחפוט', נג'יב
محفظ، نجيب، 1911-2006
محفوز، نجيب، 1911
محفوز، نجيب، 1911-2006
محفوظ ، مجيب
محفوظ، نجب، 1911-2006
‏محفوظ، نجيب.
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محفوظ نجيب 1911-2006
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محفوظ، نجيب (اديب)، ١٩١١-٢٠٠٦م
محفوظ، نحيب
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マハフーズ, ナギーブ
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