Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street – Mahfouz
It’s our last discussion for a while with John Simopoulos and again, we’re focusing on our series entitled Books That Matter. Galsworthy and Proust? Not worthy to hold a candle to today’s featured author, Mahfouz – says John. Naguib Mahfouz was an Egyptian novelist who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature, and is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature.
The trilogy of books – Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street – are collectively titled the Cairo Trilogy, an immense monumental work of 1,500 pages or so – “and every character in them is repulsive,” says John, “but do read it – if you’ve got the stomach for it!”.
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