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Maḥfūẓ, Najīb 1911-2006

Works: 1,964 works in 7,904 publications in 30 languages and 76,895 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Historical fiction  History  Didactic fiction  Political fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Biography  Allegories  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Subject Headings:
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Honoree, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of introduction, Other, Creator, Adapter
Classifications: PJ7846.A46, 892.736
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Palace walk by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

100 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 3,057 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
Midaq Alley by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

350 editions published between 1947 and 2018 in 13 languages and held by 2,992 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
Palace of desire by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

127 editions published between 1957 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 2,327 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. Sequel to "Palace walk" and second story in "The Cairo trilogy."
Arabian nights and days by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

77 editions published between 1979 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,622 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
The thief and the dogs by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

171 editions published between 1961 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 1,595 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
Miramar by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

211 editions published between 1967 and 2016 in 24 languages and held by 1,504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politically this novel deals with the historical past. Egypt has become less of a socialist country than what it appears to be. Influence and wealth reside over qualifications. One of Mahfouz's most lyrical novels, this story is an insider's look at old Alexandria, offering the classic plot of intertwined characters living in a small hotel in post-revolutinary Egypt. A retired journalist and his woman friend, who manages the hotel, combine efforts to re-examine an Egypt which has just undergone the Socialist Revolution
The harafish by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

86 editions published between 1977 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,435 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 beginning and the end by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

114 editions published between 1949 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,413 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 )

97 editions published between 1965 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,362 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
Children of the alley by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

28 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 1,249 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
Wedding song by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

74 editions published between 1980 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 1,236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four people--the leading man, the playwright, his father and his mother-explain a sensational new play creating four distinct dramas. Is it an extraordinary work of imagination or a confession of sordid family secrets?
The beggar by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

133 editions published between 1965 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,200 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
Respected sir by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

114 editions published between 1975 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 1,171 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 )

101 editions published between 1964 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 1,087 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
The journey of Ibn Fattouma by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

23 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in English and held by 1,010 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
The coffee house by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( )

37 editions published between 1988 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 1,000 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On a school playground in the stylish Cairo suburb of Abbasiya, five young boys become friends for life, making a nearby café, Qushtumur, their favorite gathering spot forever. One is the narrator, who, looking back in his old age on their seven decades together, makes the other four the heroes of his tale, a Proustian (and classically Mahfouzian) quest in search of lost time and the memory of a much-changed place. In a seamless stream of personal triumphs and tragedies, their lives play out against the backdrop of two world wars, the 1952 Free Officers coup, the defeat of 1967 and the redemption of 1973, the assassination of a president, and the simmering uncertainties of the transitional 1980s. But as their nation grows and their neighborhood turns from the green, villa-studded paradise of their youth to a dense urban desert of looming towers, they still find refuge in the one enduring landmark in their ever-fading world: the humble coffeehouse called Qushtumur."--Publisher description
The Cairo trilogy by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

23 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and held by 952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The three acclaimed novels in the Nobel Prize-winning author's epic trilogy--Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, and Sugar Street--chronicle the lives of three generations in the family of Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, his sons and daughters, and five grandchildren, in Cairo during the Egyptian colonial era
Autumn quail by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

43 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 926 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
Fountain and tomb : hakayat haretna by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )

101 editions published between 1965 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fountain and Tomb follows a man who thinks back in to his childhood, recalling stories that he heard throughout his life in the alley and then adds his own opinion to the stories about how the people change
Memories in translation : a life between the lines of Arabic literature by Denys Johnson-Davies( )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nobody has done more for modern Arabic literature in translation than Denys Johnson-Davies, described by the late Edward Said as "the leading Arabic-English translator of our time." With more than twenty-five volumes of translated Arabic novels, short stories, plays, and poetry to his name, and a career spanning some sixty years, he has brought the works of a host of writers from across the Arab world to an ever-widening English readership. Here he tells the story of a life in translation, and gives intimate glimpses of many of the Arab writers who are becoming increasingly known in the west. In the 1940s, while teaching at Cairo University, he came to know such iconic figures as Yahya Hakki, Tewfik al-Hakim, Yusuf Idris, and of course Naguib Mahfouz. Later when he lived in Beirut, that other great literary center of the Arab world, he spent time with such poets as Tawfic Sayigh, Badr Shakir al-Sayyab, and Boland al-Haydari. He was already a close friend of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra from his college days at Cambridge, and later of another well-known Palestinian writer, Ghassan Kanafani. In the 1960s he started an influential Arabic literary magazine, Aswat, which published the leading avant-garde writers of the time, and in 1967 he put together the first representative volume of short stories from the Arab world. Then he really put Arabic writing on the international literary map with the establishment of the Heinemann Arab Authors series. Since then he has continued to select and translate the best of Arabic fiction, most recently the novella by Yahya Hakki, The Lamp of Umm Hashim (AUC Press 2004). He has also translated three books of Islamic Hadith (with Ezzeddin Ibrahim) and other books of Islamic thought, and has written a large number of children's books of Middle Eastern history and folktales."--Jacket
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Palace walk
Midaq AlleyPalace of desireArabian nights and daysThe thief and the dogsMiramarThe harafishThe beginning and the endAdrift on the Nile
Alternative Names

Machfūs Nagīb

Machfūs, Nagīb 1911-2006

Machfūs, Nagīb 1912-2006

Machfus, Negib

Machfus Negib 1911-2006

Machfuz, Nagib.

Machfuz, Nagib 1911-2006

Machfuz, Nagib 1912-2006

Machfūzas Nadžibas

Machfuzas Nahibas

Mafūz, Najīb 1911-2006

Mahfl'z Naguîb.

Mahfoez, Nagíb 1911-2006

Mahfoez, Nagieb 1911-2006

Mahfoez, Nagieb 1912-2006

Mahfoudh, Nagib

Mahfoudh Nagib 1911-2006

Mahfouz N.

Mahfouz N. 1911-2006

Maḥfoūẓ, Naguib

Mahfouz, Naguib 1911-

Mahfouz Naguib 1911-2006

Mahfouz, Naguib 1912-

Mahfouz, Naguib 1912-2006

Mahfouz, Naguib Bey 1911-2006

Mahfouz, Naguib Bey 1912-2006

Mahfouz, Najib.

Mahfouz, Najib 1911-2006

Mahfouz, Najib 1912-2006

Mahfouz, Nassib 1911-2006

Mahfouz, Nassib 1912-2006

Mahfouzas Naguibas

Mahfūdh, Najīb 1912-

Mahfus, Nadjib 1911-2006

Mahfus, Nadjib 1912-2006

Mahfus, Nagib

Mahfus Nagib 1911-2006

Mahfus, Nagib 1912-2006

Maḥfuṭ, Nag'ib 1911-2006

Maḥfūẓ ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz, Naǧīb 1911-2006

Mahfuz, N. 1911-2006

Mahfūz Nadjīb

Maḥfūz, Nadjīb 1912-

Mahfuz, Nadżib.

Mahfúz, Nadžíb 1911-2006

Mahfūz , Naǧhīb

Mahfuz, Naghib 1911-2006

Mahfuz, Naghib 1912-2006

Maḥfūẓ, Naǧīb.

Maḥfūẓ, Naǧīb 1911-2006

Maḥfūz, Naǧīb 1912-2006

Maḥfûz, Naguîb

Mahfuz, Naguib 1911-

Maḥfûz, Naguîb 1911-2006

Maḥfûz, Naguîb 1912-2006

Mahfuz, Naguib 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Sabillgi 1911-2006

Maḥfūẓ, Najīb

Mahfūz, Najīb 1911-

Maḥfūẓ, Najīb 1911-2006

Maḥfūẓ, Najīb 1912-

Maḥfūẓ, Najīb 1912-2006

Mahfūz, Nayīb.

Maḥfūẓ, Naŷīb 1911-2006

Mahfuz, Nayib 1912-2006

Mahfuz, Necib 1911-2006

Mahfuz, Necib 1912-2006

Mahfuz, Necip, 1911-2006

Mahfuz, Nedžib

Maḥfūz, Nejīb

Makhfuz, Nagib.

Makhfuz, Nagib 1911-

Makhfuz, Nagib 1911-2006

Makhfuz, Nagib 1912-2006

Mechfus, Nagib

Mechfus Nagib 1911-2006

Mehfus, Nagib

Mehfus Nagib 1911-2006

Nadžíb Mahfúd

Nadžíb Mahfúz

Nadżib Mahfuz prozaik egipski, noblista

Naghib Mahfuz

Naghib Mahfuz scriitor egiptean

Nagib Machfus

Nagib Machfus 1911-2006

Nagib Machfuz 1911-2006

Nagib Machfuz 1912-2006

Nagib , Mahfuz

Naǵib Maḥfūẓ 1911-2006

Naǵib Maḥfūẓ 1912-2006

Naǧīb Maḥfūẓ ʿAbd-al-ʿAzīz Aḥmad al-Bāšā 1911-2006

Naǧīb Maḥfūẓ ʿAbd-al-ʿAzīz Aḥmad al-Bāšā 1912-2006

Nagib Mahfuz ägyptischer Schriftsteller

Nagib Mahfuz Egiptuse kirjanik

Nagíb Mahfúz egyiptomi író

Naǧīb Maḥfūẓ Ibn-ʿAbd-al-ʿAzīz Aḥmad al-Bāšā 1911-2006

Naǧīb Maḥfūẓ Ibn-ʿAbd-al-ʿAzīz Aḥmad al-Bāšā 1912-2006

Naǧīb Maḥfūẓ Ibn-Ibrāhīm ʿAbd-al-ʿAzīz al-Bāšā 1911-2006

Naǧīb Maḥfūẓ Ibn-Ibrāhīm ʿAbd-al-ʿAzīz al-Bāšā 1912-2006

Naǧīb Maḥfūẓ Ibrāhīm ʿAbd-al-ʿAzīz al-Bāšā 1911-2006

Naǧīb Maḥfūẓ Ibrāhīm ʿAbd-al-ʿAzīz al-Bāšā 1912-2006

Nagib Mahfuz romanziere egiziano

Nagib Makhfuz.

Nagib Makhfuz 1911-

Nagib Makhfuz 1911-2006

Naǧib Meḥfuḍ

Nagibas Mahfuzas

Nagībs Mahfūzs

Nagieb Mahfoez

Nagieb Mahfoez Egyptisch schrijver

Naguîb Mahfl'z.

Naguib, Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz 1911-

Naguib, Mahfouz 1911-2006

Naguib Mahfouz 1912-

Naguib Mahfouz écrivain égyptien

Naguib Mahfouz Egyptian writer

Naguib Mahfouz Egyptian writer, and Nobel Prize in Literature recipient

Naguib Mahfouz Ehipsio a mannurat a nangabak iti Premio Nobel ti Literatura idi 1988

Naguib Mahfouz romanziere egiziano

Naguib Mahfouz shkrimtar egjiptian

Naguib Mahfús escritor exipcio, galardoado co premio Nobel de Literatura

Naguíb Mahfúz

Naguîb Maḥfûz 1911-2006

Naguib Mahfuz escriptor egipci

Naguib Mahfuz escritor egipcio

Najib Mahfouz.

Najib Mahfouz 1911-

Najib Mahfouz 1911-2006

Najīb Maḥfūẓ

Najib Mahfuz 1911-

Najīb, Maḥfūz 1911-2006

Najīb Maḥfūẓ 1912-

Najib Nahfouz 1911-2006

Na'jiyb Maxfuz

Necib Mahfuz

Nəcib Məhfuz

Ναγκίμπ Μαχφούζ

Махфуз Нагиб

Махфуз, Нагиб 1911-

Махфуз, Нагиб 1911-2006

Нагиб Махфуз

Нагиб Махфуз 1911-2006

Нагіб Махфуз

Нажиб Махфуз

Наґіб Магфуз

Наґіб Махфуз

Наґіб Махфуз єгипетський письменник, лауреат Нобелівської премії з літератури (1988)

Нәғиб Мәхфрүз

Нәҗип Мәхфүз

Մահֆուզ, Նաջիբ, 1911-2006

Նագիբ Մահֆուզ

מחפוז, נג׳יב

מחפוז, נג'יב

מחפוז, נגיב 1911-2006

מחפוז, נג'יב, 1912-2006

מחפוט', נג'יב

מחפוט, נגיב, 1912-2006

נאגיב מאכפֿוז

נגיב מחפוז

נגיב מחפוז סופר מצרי

ا لسكرية

مجفوظ، نجيب

محفظ، نجيب، 1911-2006

محفوز، نجيب، 1911

محفوز، نجيب، 1911-2006

محفوط، نجيب

محفوظ ، مجيب

محفوظ، نجب، 1911-2006

‏محفوظ، نجيب.

محفوظ، نجيب، 1911-

‏محفوظ، نجيب ،‏ 1911-2006

محفوظ، نجيب 1911-2006 (اديب)،

محفوظ، نجيب ١٩١١-٢٠٠٦م (اديب)،

محفوظ، نجيب، 1912-

محفوظ، نجيب، 1912-2006

محفوظ، نجيب (اديب)، ١٩١١-٢٠٠٦م

محفوظ، نحيب

محوز، نجيب

نأجیڤ مأحفوٙظ

نجيب محفوظ.

نجيب محفوظ، 1911-2006

نجيب محفوظ روائي مصري

نجیب محفوظ

نەجیب مەحفووز

नाग्विब महफूझ

नजीब महफूज़

নাগিব মাহফুজ

নাগিব মাহফুজ মিশরীয় লেখক

ਨਜੀਬ ਮਹਿਫ਼ੂਜ਼

நகிப் மஹ்ஃபூஸ்

నగీబ్ మెహఫూజ్

నగీబ్ మెహఫూజ్ ఇజ్యప్త్యాన్ రచయిత మరియు నోబెల్ గ్రహిత

നജീബ് മഹ്ഫൂസ്

นะญีบ มะห์ฟูซ

နားဂွစ် မားဖု

ნაჯიბ მაჰფუზი

나기브 마푸즈 1988년 노벨 문학상을 수상한 이집트의 소설가

마푸즈, 나기브 1911-2006

마푸즈, 나지브 1911-2006

마흐푸즈, 나지브 1911-2006

마흐푸즈, 나집 1911-2006

마흐프즈, 나집 1911-2006

ነጂብ ማህፋዝ.

ናጊብ ማህፉዝ

ᱱᱟᱜᱩᱭᱤᱵᱽ ᱢᱮᱦᱯᱷᱚᱣᱡᱽ


マハフーズ, ナギーブ

マフフーズ, ナギーブ