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Karnak Caf� - by Naguib Mahfouz (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 110

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: American University in Cairo Press

Author: Naguib Mahfouz

Language: English

Street Date: September 7, 2007
TCIN: 78118510
UPC: 9789774160721
Item Number (DPCI): 247-77-4819


At a Cairo caf�, a cross-section of Egyptian society, young and old, rich and poor, are drawn together by the quality of its coffee and the allure of its owner, legendary former dancer Qurunfula. When three of the young patrons disappear for prolonged periods, the older customers display varying reactions to the news. On their return, they recount horrific stories of arrest and torture at the hands of the secret police, and the habitu�s of the caf� begin to withdraw from each other in fear, suspecting that there is an informer among them. With the nighttime arrests and the devastation of the country's defeat in the 1967 War, the caf� is transformed from a haven of camaraderie and bright-eyed idealism to an atmosphere charged with mounting suspicion, betrayal, and crushing disillusionment. Exposing the dark underbelly of ideology, and delving into the idea of the 'necessary evils' of social upheaval, Karnak Caf� remains one of the Nobel laureate's most pointedly critical works, as relevant and incisive today as it was when it was first published in 1974.
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