Three Novels Of Ancient Egypt Khufu's Wisdom, Rhadopis Of Nubia, Thebes At War

Hardcover | March 27, 2007

byNaguib MahfouzIntroduction byNadine GordimerTranslated byRaymond Stock

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From Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz: the three magnificent novels—published in an omnibus edition for the first time—that form an ancient-Egyptian counterpart to his famous Cairo Trilogy.

 

Mahfouz reaches back thousands of years to bring us tales from his homeland's majestic early history—tales of the Egyptian nobility and of war, star-crossed love, and the divine rule of the pharoahs. In Khufu's Wisdom, the legendary Fourth Dynasty monarch faces the prospect of the end of his rule and the possibility that his daughter has fallen in love with the man prophesied to be his successor. Rhadopis of Nubia is the unforgettable story of the charismatic young Pharoah Merenra II and the ravishing courtesan Rhadopis, whose love affair makes them the envy of all Egyptian society. And Thebes at War tells the epic story of Egypt's victory over the Asiatic foreigners who dominated the country for two centuries.

 

Three Novels of Ancient Egypt gives us a dazzling tapestry of ancient Egypt and reminds us of the remarkable artistry of Naguib Mahfouz.

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 From Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz: the three magnificent novels—published in an omnibus edition for the first time—that form an ancient-Egyptian counterpart to his famous Cairo Trilogy. Mahfouz reaches back thousands of years to bring us tales from his homeland's majestic early history—tales of the Egyptian nobility and of war, star-...

Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo in 1911 and began writing when he was seventeen. His nearly forty novels and hundreds of short stories range from re-imaginings of ancient myths to subtle commentaries on contemporary Egyptian politics and culture. Of his many works, most famous is The Cairo Trilogy, consisting of Palace Walk (1956), Pa...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:648 pages, 8.36 × 5.26 × 1.43 inPublished:March 27, 2007Language:English

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“Mahfouz’s characters blaze with intensity, his Egypt pulsates with unresolved tensions.” —THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION“Mahfouz’s understanding of human psychology and history is profound.” —THE BOSTON GLOBE“He is not only a Hugo and a Dickens, but also a Galsworthy, a Mann, a Zola, and a Jules Romains.” —Edward Said, LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS“Mahfouz is the single most important writer in modern Arabic literature.” —NEWSDAY“A storyteller of the first order in any idiom.” —VANITY FAIR“Through works rich in nuance—now clear-sightedly realistic, now evocatively ambiguous—Mahfouz has formed an Arabian narrative art that applies to all mankind.” —The Swedish Academy, upon awarding Mahfouz the Nobel Prize in Literature