Heart of the Night (Modern Arabic Literature) (Paperback)

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By Naguib Mahfouz, Aida Bamia (Translator)
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Nobel winning author, Naguib Mahfouz's late-translated novella, Heart of the Night is now available for the first time in paperback

Jaafar Ibrahim Sayyed al-Rawi is guided by his motto, "let life be filled with holy madness to the last breath." He narrates his life story to a friend during one long night in a caf in old Cairo. Through a series of bad decisions, he has lost everything: his family, his position in society, and his fortune. A man driven by his passions, he married a beautiful Bedouin nomad for love, and as a consequence pays a punishingly high price. From a life of comfort with a promising future guaranteed by his wealthy grandfather, he descended to the spartan life of a pauper, after being disinherited. Jaafar faces his tribulations with surprising stoicism and hope, sustained by his strong convictions, his spirituality, his sense of mission, and his deep desire to bring social justice to his people.

Heart of the Night is a classic Mahfouz gem exploring marriage across class lines, spirituality, and the harsh realities of a precarious, life written by one of Egypt's most celebrated literary masters.

About the Author

Naguib Mahfouz was born in Cairo and died in August 2006.
Product Details
ISBN: 9789774169984
ISBN-10: 9774169980
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Publication Date: January 5th, 2021
Pages: 90
Language: English
Series: Modern Arabic Literature