Three Novels of Ancient Egypt: Khufu's Wisdom/Rhadopis of Nubia/Thebes at War

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From Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz: the three magnificent novels—published in an omnibus edition for the first time—that form an ancient-Egyptian counterpart to his famous Cairo Trilogy.

Mahfouz reaches back thousands of years to bring us tales from his homeland's majestic early history—tales of the Egyptian nobility and of war, star-crossed love, and the divine rule of the pharoahs. In Khufu's Wisdom, the legendary Fourth Dynasty monarch faces the prospect of the end of his ...

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Overview

From Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz: the three magnificent novels—published in an omnibus edition for the first time—that form an ancient-Egyptian counterpart to his famous Cairo Trilogy.

Mahfouz reaches back thousands of years to bring us tales from his homeland's majestic early history—tales of the Egyptian nobility and of war, star-crossed love, and the divine rule of the pharoahs. In Khufu's Wisdom, the legendary Fourth Dynasty monarch faces the prospect of the end of his rule and the possibility that his daughter has fallen in love with the man prophesied to be his successor. Rhadopis of Nubia is the unforgettable story of the charismatic young Pharoah Merenra II and the ravishing courtesan Rhadopis, whose love affair makes them the envy of all Egyptian society. And Thebes at War tells the epic story of Egypt's victory over the Asiatic foreigners who dominated the country for two centuries.

Three Novels of Ancient Egypt gives us a dazzling tapestry of ancient Egypt and reminds us of the remarkable artistry of Naguib Mahfouz.

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“Mahfouz’s characters blaze with intensity, his Egypt pulsates with unresolved tensions.”
—THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION

“Mahfouz’s understanding of human psychology and history is profound.”
—THE BOSTON GLOBE

“He is not only a Hugo and a Dickens, but also a Galsworthy, a Mann, a Zola, and a Jules Romains.”
—Edward Said, LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

“Mahfouz is the single most important writer in modern Arabic literature.”
—NEWSDAY

“A storyteller of the first order in any idiom.”
—VANITY FAIR

“Through works rich in nuance—now clear-sightedly realistic, now evocatively ambiguous—Mahfouz has formed an Arabian narrative art that applies to all mankind.”
—The Swedish Academy, upon awarding Mahfouz the Nobel Prize in Literature

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This volume gathers Nobel prize winner Mahfouz's Khufu's Wisdom, Rhadopsis of Nubia, and Thebes at Warinto a single hardcover for a great price. If your collection lacks the author's work, this is an inexpensive way to fill that hole. Also included is a new introduction by Nadine Gordimer.


—Michael Rogers
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Meet the Author

Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo in 1911 and began writing when he was seventeen. A student of philosophy and an avid reader, his works range from reimaginings of ancient myths to subtle commentaries on contemporary Egyptian politics and culture. Over a career that lasted more than five decades, he wrote 33 novels, 13 short story anthologies, numerous plays, and 30 screenplays. Of his many works, most famous is The Cairo Trilogy, consisting of Palace Walk (1956), Palace of Desire (1957), and Sugar Street (1957), which focuses on a Cairo family through three generations, from 1917 until 1952. In 1988, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first writer in Arabic to do so. He died in August 2006.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
Select Bibliography     xxx
Chronology     xxxii
Map of Ancient Egypt     1
Khufu's Wisdom     1
Rhadopis of Nubia     187
Thebes at War     373
Glossary for Khufu's Wisdom     590
Translators' Acknowledgments     593
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