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

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

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by Naguib Mahfouz
 

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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

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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 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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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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“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307491886
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/26/2008
Series:
Everyman's Library Classics and Contemporary Classics Ser.
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
648
Sales rank:
273,828
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo in 1911 and began writing when he was seventeen. His nearly forty novels and hundreds of short stories range from re-imaginings of ancient myths to subtle commentaries on contemporary Egyptian politics and culture. 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 the first writer in Arabic to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in August 2006.




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Three Novels of Ancient Egypt: Khufu's Wisdom/Rhadopis of Nubia/Thebes at War 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Three highly overwrought stories that read more like romance novels that serious historical fiction. Plus, his grasp of Egyptian historical fact is very tenuous.
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Another spear bridge arena.