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The Thief and the Dogs
The Thief and the Dogs | Naguib Mahfouz
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Naguib Mahfouz's haunting novella of post-revolutionary Egypt combines a vivid pychological portrait of an anguished man with the suspense and rapid pace of a detective story. After four years in prison, the skilled young thief Said Mahran emerges bent on revenge. He finds a world that has changed in more ways than one. Egypt has undergone a revolution and, on a more personal level, his beloved wife and his trusted henchman, who conspired to betray him to the police, are now married to each other and are keeping his six-year-old daughter from him. But in the most bitter betrayal, his mentor, Rauf Ilwan, once a firebrand revolutionary who convinced Said that stealing from the rich in a unjust society is an act of justice, is now himself a rich man, a respected newspaper editor who wants nothing to do with the disgraced Said. As Said's wild attempts to achieve his idea of justice badly misfire, he becomes a hunted man so driven by hatred that he can only recognize too late his last chance at redemption. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Heavily dependent on imagery, in typical style mastered by Mahfouz. The novel is remarkable because it is the first to employ to stream of consciousness style of writing in Arabic. It helped, therefore, to confirm Mahfouz‘s stature as a pioneer in the field of Arab literature.