Arabic Nobel

It was really nice to find some (a pretty limited number) Arabic books in Tompkins County Public Library here in Ithaca, NY.

Yesterday I have finished a novel I borrowed for the Egyptian Nobel laureat Naguib Mahfouz, one of the greatest novelists of all times and languages. As with most Mahfouz work I have read, the novel has two levels: the story and all its events, extremely realist, and parallely the philosophical insights behind the story as a whole and behind various apparantly “innocent” phrases throughout the book.

If you don’t read Arabic, try one of Mahfouz translated novels, and let me know what you find in and out of the experience.

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