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In this second collection of writing, based on his own dreams serialized in a Cairo magazine before his death in 2006 at the age of 94, Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz again displays his ability to tell epic stories in uncannily terse form. As in the first volume, we meet more of the real (and unreal) figures that filled the author's life with glory and worry, ecstasy and ennui, in tales dreamed by a mind too fertile to ever truly rest. In them, a man sent by a victorious invader to open a storehouse holding the statue of Egypt's reawakening finds his access denied by a menacing reptile. An obscure writer dies, and a despairing inscription on his coffin turns his funeral into a massive demonstration. A man opens a stubborn gate at the end of a lengthy chore, staring at a lake over which loom the illuminated faces of those he has loved, but who are no more - in search of the soul who made him long to live forever. The ever more condensed and poetic episodes in Dreams of Departure carry on Mahfouz's only major work after a knife attack in 1994 ironically inspired him to dream in print for his readers.
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Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo in 1911 and began writing when he was seventeen. A student of philosophy and an avid reader, his works range from reimaginings of ancient myths to subtle commentaries on contemporary Egyptian politics and culture. Over a career that lasted more than five decades, he wrote 33 novels, 13 short story anthologies, numerous plays, and 30 screenplays. 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 awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first writer in Arabic to do so. He died in August 2006.
Naguib Mahfouz currently resides in Agouza Cairo. Naguib Mahfouz was born in 1911.
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Over two hundred dreams are presented Jul 9, 2007
Written by Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006), winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988, and skillfully translated into English by biographer Raymond Stock, Dreams of Departure: The Last Dreams Published in the Nobel Laureate's Lifetime is the second collection Mahfouz's writings drawn from his own dreams, as serialized in a Cairo magazine in the time shortly before his death. Over two hundred dreams are presented; each one is brief, rarely more than a few paragraphs. An afterword by the translator rounds out this beautiful, prideful, and memorable collection. "Dream 118: I was in Ramle Station, always bustling with people, when at one end I caught sight of the man whose slogans the masses love to repeat, wooing a stunning woman. 'If you're doing something scandalous,' I whispered in his ear, 'then you should be discreet.' But he answered me bluntly, 'Is there anything more discreet than this?'" Highly recommended.