Karnak Café

Karnak Café

Book - 2008
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Random House, Inc.
In this gripping and suspenseful novella from the Egyptian Nobel Prize-winner, three young friends survive interrogation by the secret police, only to find their lives poisoned by suspicion, fear, and betrayal. At a Cairo café in the 1960s, a legendary former belly dancer lovingly presides over a boisterous family of regulars, including a group of idealistic university students. One day, amid reports of a wave of arrests, three of the students disappear: the excitable Hilmi, his friend Ismail, and Ismail's beautiful girlfriend Zaynab. When they return months later, they are apparently unharmed and yet subtly and profoundly changed. It is only years later, after their lives have been further shattered, that the narrator pieces together the young people's horrific stories and learns how the government used them against one another. In a riveting final chapter, their torturer himself enters the Café and sits among his former victims, claiming a right to join their society of the disillusioned. Now translated into English for the first time, Naguib Mahfouz's tale of the insidious effects of government-sanctioned torture and the suspension of rights and freedoms in a time of crisis is shockingly contemporary.

Baker & Taylor
In a gripping novella set in Cairo in the 1960s, three young students disappear amid reports of a wave of arrests, only to return months later after surviving interrogations by the secret police, and find their lives poisoned by suspicion, fear, and betrayal. Original. 12,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780307390455
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAHFO...N
Characteristics: 101 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Allen, Roger 1942-
Notes: "Originally published in hardcover in the United States by The American University in Cairo Press, Cairo and New York, in 2007."--Title page verso
"First published in Arabic in 1974 as al-Karnak"--Title page verso


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