The Cairo of Naguib Mahfouz (Hardcover)

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By Britta Le Va (Photographer)
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For Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, Cairo has always been a place of special resonance. As the place in which he was born and has lived his whole life, it is a city he loves passionately and has visited and revisited in his writing. It is the setting for nearly all his novels and short stories, not merely as a backdrop but as an integral part of his fiction, playing its own role in the dramas. The old streets of the Cairo Trilogy and the microcosmic cul-de-sac of Midaq Alley become fictional characters as fascinating as the human ones for Naguib Mahfouz. A longtime admirer of the novels of Naguib Mahfouz, photographer Britta Le Va discovered old Cairo through his works. Here, she guides us through his pages, and treads his streets and alleys, to produce a collection of outstanding visual images of the historic city. Each complements a verbal image selected from Mahfouz's writings. In his introduction, novelist Gamal al-Ghitani describes a walking tour with the great man around the streets of Gamaliya, that historic heart of the old city where both of them--more than thirty years apart--were born and grew up. Along the way, Mahfouz reminisces and remarks on what had changed and what had not in eight decades.

About the Author

Britta Le Va is a photographer based in New York. Gamal al-Ghitani, a lifelong friend of Mahfouz, is the author of a number of novels, including Zayni Barakat, Pyramid Texts, and The Zafarani Files, (AUC Press, 2004, 2007, and 2009).

Product Details
ISBN: 9789774165528
ISBN-10: 9774165527
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Publication Date: September 15th, 2012
Pages: 112
Language: English