New York; (1990, 1991 and 1992): Doubleday. First American Editions. Octavo. Item #028394
In three volumes. Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006) became the Arab world's first Nobel laureate in literature in 1988. The trilogy won Egypt's State Prize for Literature in 1957 and was translated into English in 1990. The richness of his descriptions along with the highs of Egypt's power under Nasser traces a family and does not fail to note the sad condition of women (which led to the assassination attempt of the author's life in 1994 which he survived). Each volume bound in 1/4 cloth over paper covered boards (each a different color), spine lettering gilt, a fine set in unclipped pictorial dust jackets.