Palace Of Desire

Palace Of Desire

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The sensual and provocative second volume in the "Cairo Trilogy", "Palace Of Desire" follows the Al Jawad family into the awakening world of the 1920's and the sometimes violent clash between Islamic ideals, personal dreams and modern realities. Having given up his vices after his son's death, ageing patriarch Al-Sayyid Ahmad pursues an arousing lute-player - only to find she has married his eldest son. His rebellious children struggle to move beyond his domination as they test the loosening reins of societal and parental control. And Ahmad's youngest son, in an unforgettable portrayal of unrequited love, ardently courts the sophisticated daughter of a rich Europeanised family.show more

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 26mm | 281.23g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552995819
  • 9780552995818
  • 96,001

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"A masterpiece" The Times "A magnificent, Tolstoyan saga... unmissable" Cosmopolitan "Shamelessly entertaining" Guardian "An engrossing work, whose author can take his place alongside any European master you care to name" The Sunday Times "Teeming with life and contention... it promises riches" Independentshow more

About Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz was most prominent literary figure in the Arab world of the Twentieth Century, best known for his Cairo Trilogy (Palace Walk, Palace of Desire and Sugar Walk), which became an international bestseller. He was born in Cairo in 1911 and lived in the suburb of Agouza with his wife and two daughters for the rest of his life. He published more than thirty novels as well as many collections of short stories, plays and screenplays. In 1988, Mr Mahfouz was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first Arab writer to win it. In 1994, after the publication of a novel that led him into trouble with Egypt's religious authorities, an attempt was made on his life, but he died peacefully in 2006, aged 94.show more

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The sensual and provocative second volume in the Cairo Trilogy, Palace Of Desire follows the Al Jawad family into the awakening world of the 1920s and the sometimes violent clash between Islamic ideals, personal dreams and modern realities. Having given up his vices after his son's death, ageing patriarch Al-Sayyid Ahmad pursues an arousing lute-player - only to find she has married his eldest son. His rebellious children struggle to move beyond his domination as they test the loosening reins of societal and parental control. And Ahmad's youngest son, in an unforgettable portrayal of unrequited love, ardently courts the sophisticated daughter of a rich Europeanised family. 'An engrossing work, whose author can take his place alongside any European master' Sunday Times 'Brilliantly combines the secret vocabulary of Islamic metaphysics with the techniques of the Egyptian novel' Times Literary Supplement 'A magnificent, Tolstoyan saga centered around a middle-class Egyptian family...this second helping is unmissable' Cosmopolitanshow more

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"Teeming with life and contention... it promises riches"show more

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