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Voices from the Other World: Ancient Egyptian Tales

Voices from the Other World: Ancient Egyptian Tales (Hardback)

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A seductive dancer is invited by the forces of law and order to disturb a district's too-perfect peace at the dawn of Egyptian civilization. A wise and popular pharaoh is betrayed by his own son, and by his dearest friends - then makes a most peculiar decision. A mummy returns to life after 3000 years, to confront the arrogant new race that now rules the land. A favoured prince flees to a faraway country when the king dies suddenly, leaving his true love behind - only to come back to question her about their lost 40 years. A famous young writer, composer of a legendary epic of Pharaoh's greatest battle with the Hittites, is carried off without warning by a mysterious disease - then speaks to us in this life from beyond the veil of death. These are the tales that make up this volume of five stories by the young Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature. All the stories are inspired by the Egypt of the pharaohs. Like three novels set in ancient times that he also published early in his career, these stories reveal his wide reading of Egypt's (and the world's) oldest history and literature.

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionMyth & legend told as fictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press Publication Date: 31/12/2002 ISBN-13: 9789774247583  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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NAGUIB MAHFOUZ was born in 1911. He has written over thirty novels and more than a hundred short stories, and was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1988. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Cairo suburb of Agouza. RAYMOND STOCK is a doctoral student in Arabic literature at the University of Pennsylvania. His articles and translations from Arabic have appeared in publications in Egypt, Britain, and the United States.

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