Midaq Alley' is probably Naguib Mahfouz's most popular work; it was published in Cairo in 1947 and has often been reprinted.
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The American University in Cairo Press, 2004
Novel - Arabic Fiction - Egypt
First published in English in 1974, 'Midaq Alley' is a rich account of life in a back street in a poor quarter of Cairo, focusing particularly on a young girl whose ambition to leave the cramped alley and lead an affluent life drives her to become a prostitute. Mahfouz gives us vivid images of all the pathos and joy that surround the lives of the people who make Midaq Alley their home.