Good news for any Mahfouz enthusiast planning to visit Cairo or Luxor. Take an empty suitcase and you can now buy, thanks to the American University in Cairo Press, a boxed set of ‘The 25 Fiction Volumes of the Nobel Laureate in English’. Naguib Mahfouz (1911–2006) was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1988, after which right-thinking booksellers moved his available works from Oriental Studies to Fiction A–Z. Good news, too, that decent English versions of Khan al-Khalili (1946) and The Mirage (1948) have just appeared.
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