By Naguib Mahfouz, this is the story of one man and the Egyptian Revolution of 1952.
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The American University in Cairo Press, 2004
Novel - Arabic Fiction - Egypt
Isa al Dabbagh is a senior civil servant in the Egyptian government who loses his job, and his fiance, when the Purge Committees of the Revolution bring his venal past to light. His personal relationships reflect the resulting internal conflict he suffers between mind and heart, between intellectual acceptance of the Revolution and the basic emotional instincts which hold him back.
Naguib Mahfouz was born in 1911 in the crowded Cairo district of Gamaliya. He wrote nearly 40 novel-length works, plus hundreds of short stories and numerous cinema plots and scenarios. He was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1988. He died in Cairo on August 30, 2006 at the age of 94.