Mahfuz, Egypt's best known novelist, became the first Arab writer to win the Nobel Prize in 1988. This study provides a detailed analysis of his major works and offers fresh insights into his life and philosophy. Accessible to specialists and to general readers with an interest in world literature, modern Egypt, and Arab culture. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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That Mahfouz exerts a benign and moderating influence on the turbulent politics of the Arabic-speaking countries is something for which one must be grateful. But is he a great artist? True, the sages of Stockholm bestowed the world's most famous prize on him, but one suspects that in the end, the absence of any Arabic literary laureates weighed most heavily on them, and that Mahfouz was selected less as the leading belle-lettrist in a worldwide competition than as the confirmed giant among Arab writers.
Mahfouz is an author perhaps better read about than read. Whether or not one already knows his work, one cannot do better than to read about him in Milson's fine appreciation. -- Commentary, Daniel Pipes
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Book Description St. Martin's Press, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110312215185
Book Description St. Martin's Press, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0312215185