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An Introduction to The thief and the dogs by Naguib Mahfouz

Author: Molly MurphyDana GioiaJamāl GhīṭānīNadine GordimerTrevor Le GassickAll authors
Publisher: [Washington, DC] : National Endowment for the Arts, 2008.
Series: Big read.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Naguib Mahfouz's The Thief and the Dogs (1961) is a multi-faceted story that is equal parts crime thriller, morality tale, and political allegory. The novel begins with career criminal Said Mahran's release from prison. He immediately sets off for the home of his ex-wife's new husband, desperate to settle a score with the man he feels betrayed him and hoping to reunite with his young daughter, Sana. Instead, she  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Talking books
Audiobooks
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Compact discs
Named Person: Najīb Maḥfūẓ; Najīb Maḥfūẓ; Nagib Mahfouz; Najīb Maḥfūẓ
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Molly Murphy; Dana Gioia; Jamāl Ghīṭānī; Nadine Gordimer; Trevor Le Gassick; Tara McKelvey; Adrian McKinty; Muḥammad Salmāwī; Raymond T Stock; Edward Gero; Dan Stone; National Endowment for the Arts.
OCLC Number: 243701079
Notes: Readings of excerpts and critical analysis.
Credits: David Kipen, NEA Director of Literature, National Reading Initiatives ;Writer: Molly Thomas-Hicks for the National Endowment for the Arts, with a preface by Dana Gioia ;Series Editor: Erika Koss for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Cast: Narrated by Dana Gioia ; Gamal Al-Ghitani, Nadine Gordimer, Trevor Le Gassick, Tara McKelvey, Adrian McKinty, Mohamed Salmawy, Raymond Stock, Edward Gero, contributors.
Description: 1 audio disc (28 min., 59 sec.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Naguib Mahfouz is not only Egypt's most respected writer. He is also the most influential novelist in the history of Arabic literature. More than any other author, Mahfouz found innovative ways to make the novel, a primarily Western form, relevant to Arabic experience. His many novels and short stories cover almost every literary genre, but none is more exciting or original than The Thief and the Dogs. Spanning the wealthy suburbs and crowded slums of Cairo, this thrilling crime story combines stream-of-consciousness technique with the hard-boiled style of detective fiction to create a harrowing account of crime and punishment.
Series Title: Big read.
Other Titles: Thief and the dogs
Responsibility: written and produced by Molly Murphy and Dan Stone at the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Naguib Mahfouz's The Thief and the Dogs (1961) is a multi-faceted story that is equal parts crime thriller, morality tale, and political allegory. The novel begins with career criminal Said Mahran's release from prison. He immediately sets off for the home of his ex-wife's new husband, desperate to settle a score with the man he feels betrayed him and hoping to reunite with his young daughter, Sana. Instead, she rejects him. Said next visits the posh home of his friend and mentor Rauf Ilwan, a former leader of the student resistance who has thoroughly abandoned the egalitarian principles he supported during the Revolution of 1952. Sensing Said is not willing to give up his life of crime, Rauf rebuffs him, saying, "Things are no longer what they used to be". Consumed by bitterness and motivated by a desire for revenge on the society and individuals he feels have failed him, Said's quest for vengeance carries readers from the banks of the Nile River, through the boulevards and back alleys of Cairo, to Bab al-Nasr --- a medieval gateway on the outskirts of the city. Chances for redemption and a new way of life come to him in the form of Nur, a prostitute who believes her love can transform them both, and Sheikh Ali al-Junaydi, a Sufi cleric who offers Said the opportunity to reject worldly temptation in favor of a spiritual path. Unable to accept either eros or agape, Said soon finds himself the most hunted man in Egypt --- aimless, desperate, and alone. Long known as a writer of realist fiction, 'The Thief and the Dogs' marks Mahfouz's first use of the stream-of-consciousness technique. The result is a ground-breaking work that allows the reader intimate access to the thoughts, emotions, and motivations of a man consumed by rage and hell-bent on self-destruction.

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