If you are still unfamiliar with the literary works of Naguib Mahfouz, the first thing that you should learn is that he is a famous novelist and a Nobel laureate. Basically, this author is known for his The Cairo Trilogy that depicts the life of the middle class in Cairo in interwar years. Pay attention to his amazing collection of myths, including an interesting tale about Pasha who ambition, greed, and contempt for Egyptians are responsible for driving him to excavate General Hor’s tomb, and this is where he finds his own end.
Another interesting literary work of Naguib Mahfouz that deserves your attention is The Mummy Awakens. It’s all about one unbelievable tale told by the narrator Professor Daryen. He recalls his visit to the late Mahmud Pasha who was one of the wealthiest men in this country. He has a huge and luxury country mansion situated in Upper Egypt, and it’s a real epitome of wealthy French culture because it’s adorned with a variety of magnificent and expensive statues, pieces of art, paintings, and so on.
Besides, Pasha is described by the author as one fellow who has 3 different personalities rolled in on, including an Egyptian by his nationality, a Turk in his origins, and a Frenchman in his mind and heart. His love to France was incredible so that he always chooses only those people who have French origins as his friends. Pasha is widely known among special circles for being a true lover of poetry and fine arts, but the narrator of this book finds out that he also has a passion for culture.
At the palace of Pasha, Professor Daryen meets a number of good friends, such as Doctor Pierre, a specialist in different mental disorders, and Monsieur Sarot, a director of the college of fine arts. When he visits the country mansion of Pasha, he and some other friends suggest the owner to get this palace a bit modified and improved to let it serve as the museum of French art in the future. This is what can help many students to get a better understanding of French culture without the necessity to travel to France.
Pasha agreed to this idea of possible modifications and expresses his desire to bring more masterpieces of famous French artists. However, when discussing the idea of supporting the education of Egyptians, he keeps claiming that they are real peasants who can’t benefit from his palace so that this palace will go straight to France. It’s interesting that he was accused of taking the money of these peasants so that he has a cold shower of these allegations.
If you are still unfamiliar with the literary works of Naguib Mahfouz, the first thing that you should learn is that he is a famous novelist and a Nobel laureate. Basically, this author is known for his The Cairo Trilogy that depicts the life of the middle class in Cairo in interwar years.