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From the Nobel Prize laureate and writer of the acclaimed Cairo Trilogy, a beguiling and artfully compact novel set in Sadat's Egypt.
"[Mahfouz] isn't just a Hugo and a Dickens, but in addition a Galsworthy, Zola and a Jules Romain."--Edward Said
The time is 1981, Anwar al-Sadat is president, and Egypt is lurching into the fashionable global. Set in contrast backdrop, The Day the chief was once Killed relates the story of a middle-class Cairene kin. wealthy with irony and infused with political undertones, the tale is narrated alternately via the pious and mischievous relatives patriarch Muhtashimi Zayed, his hapless grandson Elwan, and Elwan's headstrong and gorgeous fiancee Randa. The novel reaches its climax with the assassination of Sadat on October 6, 1981, an occasion round which the fictitious plot is skillfully woven.
The Day the chief used to be Killed brings us the essence of Mahfouz's genius and is additional facts that he has, within the phrases of the Nobel quotation, "formed an Arabic narrative paintings that applies to all mankind."