Miramar by Naguib Mahfouz

By Naguib Mahfouz

A hugely charged, tightly written story of  intersecting lives that offers us with either an engaging  and strong tale in addition to a brilliant portrait of  life in Egypt within the overdue 1960's.

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I looked out at the waves in their nonchalant succession, the'little doud puffs dotted across the sky. T hen’I went and took my seat in the Trianon and ordered my cafe au lait as I used to in the good old 48 Naguib Mahfou{ days with Gharably Pasha, Sheikh Darwish, and Madame Lobraska*— the only Frank 1 ever made love to, once upon a time when I was drowned in womeh. Tolba Maizilq sat with me for a while, then left for the lobby o f the Windsor, where he was meeting an old. friend. I saw Sarhan coming toward me.

I must say goodbye. I may not see you when I check out this after­ noon < I was really surprised. ” “ Yes, l am. Pd ha$e been really sorry to. ” I thanked him for his kind thoughts and would have liked to ask him a few questions, but he gave me n o chance. He waved to someone, shook my hand? and left. What-about Zohra? 1 sighed to myself. 'Then he^shouted a t the top o f his voice, “firou d 'C fyou rself, you bastards? A r? ” I I found Mariana, Tolba Marzuqr and Zohra in the hall. The atmosphere was heavy with gloom.

Y o u speak o f liberty in the old sense,” I said. ” Leaving the bathroom, I caught 'sight of* two figures in the dim passagfe, Zohra and Sarhan whispering to each other. At that moment he raised his voice to give her instructions about his laundry. I went to my room as if I hadn’t noticed anything, but I was filled with anxiety. How could Zohra live inp^kce in a place full o f young men? When she brought my afternoon coffee,. I asked Jier where she spent *Jier free afternoon on Sundays. She beamed.

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