The Mirage (Paperback)

By Naguib Mahfouz, Nancy Roberts (Translator)
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A stunning example of Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz’s psychological portraiture, The Mirage is the story of an intense young man who has been so dominated by his mother that her death sets him dangerously adrift in a world he cannot manage alone.

Kamil Ru’ba is a tortured soul who hopes that writing the story of his life will help him gain control of it. Raised by a mother who fled her abusive husband and became overbearingly possessive and protective toward her young son, he has long been isolated emotionally and physically. Now in his twenties, Kamil seeks to escape her posthumous grasp. Finding and successfully courting the woman of his dreams seems to promise salvation, until his ignorance of mature love and his fear and jealousy lead to tragedy. 

About the Author

Naguib Mahfouz (1911 2006) was the most important Arabic writer of his generation. He is the author of over thirty novels, including "The Cairo Trilogy", "Thief and the Dog", "Miramar", and "Children of the Alley". He is the winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature.

NANCY ROBERTS, translator of Ghada Samman's Night of the First Billion and Mohamed El-Bisatie's Over the Bridge (AUC Press 2006), has also translated works dealing with Islamic history, jurisprudence, Sufism and modern Islamic though and practice.

Praise For…

 “Mahfouz is a storyteller of the first order in any idiom.” —Vanity Fair

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307742582
ISBN-10: 030774258X
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: February 14th, 2012
Pages: 473
Language: English