Naguib Mahfouz: The Cairo Trilogy [Palace Walk; Palace of Desire; Sugar Street] (3354 words)

Alyn Hine
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Regarded by many critics as his masterpiece, Naguib Mahfouz’ The Cairo Trilogy [al-Thulathiyya] chronicles the upheaval and change during the years 1917 to 1944 through the microscopic lens of a single family coming face to face with political events. Each of the three novels that comprise the trilogy was named after a street in Mahfouz’ home city: Palace Walk [Bayn al-Qasrayn], Palace of Desire [Qasr al-Shawq] and Sugar Street [al-Sukkariyya], their titles illustrative of the composition of the Jamaliyya quarter of Cairo where Mahfouz spent his childhood and where cramped, squalid blocks of flats neighboured spacious mansions. Although all three novels are centred on the al-…

Citation: Hine, Alyn. "The Cairo Trilogy [Palace Walk; Palace of Desire; Sugar Street]". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 September 2014 [, accessed 30 July 2021.]

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