By Naguib Mahfouz
A gorgeous novel by means of the widest-read Arab author presently released within the U.S. The age of Nasser has ushered in huge, immense social switch, and lots of the middle-aged and middle-class little children of the previous bourgeoisie locate themselves attempting to recreate the comfy, enchanted global they so dearly pass over. One evening, notwithstanding, artwork and truth collide--with unexpected conditions.
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Sana went pale; but no value was attached to any comment now, after so many pipes. "We must find a successor for Sana," Khalid said next. The girl gave Ragab a hard look, and he humored her: "People say anything when they're high . " Khalid, however, would not let it drop. " The water pipe went round, and eyelids drooped. They took the brazier out to the balcony and blew the ash off the coals, which glowed and spat sparks. Anis went toward the door to the balcony to feel the damp night breeze.
I am not accusing you of anything. " he teased her. " she asked anxiously. " "What is written in the notebook--it's not my opinion of you--just a summary of thoughts I'm preparing for a play . " he demanded. " And his laugh broke the silence of the void over the Nile. " she cried, gratified. " "But you are a . . " "God forgive you . " she protested. "I truly like you all, and I want to be your friend--and besides, I believe that there is a real hero in every individual. " "Don't bother to make excuses.
Damn you all," Anis said suddenly. " Everyone roared. " Ahmad observed of him. " Anis asked. " The water pipe circulated without ceasing. They were silent, to collect their scattered thoughts. There were no more accusations to make. History? The future? It was all nothing. Neither more nor less. Zero. Miracle of miracles. The unknown was revealed in the moonlight. Amm Abduh's voice came from outside, as he chanted words that no one could make out. Somebody laughed; and somebody else said that it was amazing how quickly the time had passed.
Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz