Nearly sixty of Egypt s past leaders from the time of the Pharoahs to the twentieth century are summoned to judgment in the Court of Osiris in the Afterlife, in this extraordinary novel by Nobel Prize winning author Naguib Mahfouz.
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.
"Mahfouz is a storyteller of the first order in any idiom." -Vanity Fair