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By Naguib Mahfouz

A beautiful novel via the widest-read Arab author at the moment released within the U.S. The age of Nasser has ushered in huge, immense social switch, and many of the middle-aged and middle-class little children of the outdated bourgeoisie locate themselves attempting to recreate the comfy, enchanted global they so dearly omit. One evening, although, paintings and truth collide--with unexpected conditions.

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He must get him a blanket before winter came. Mustafa again urged Samara to try the water pipe, and Ragab backed him up. " he said. She laughed. "Why do you love it so much? " It was clear to everyone that she had a passionate desire to get to the bottom of this. Very well, then. Why did people adore the pipe's oblivion? Why did they yearn for that stupefied drowsiness? " She smiled uncertainly as he continued: "And of fatuous words like 'escape' and so on . " "I want to know," she said simply.

Indeed! " "Let's dance," Sana said to Ragab. "There's no music," he replied, with odious placidity. " He thinks that he is the center of the universe, and that the pipe only circulates because of him. But really the pipe goes around for the same reason that anything does; if the planets traveled in a straight line, then the order of nature would be altered. Last night I believed totally in eternal life--but on my way to the office I forgot the reason why. "I thought that the article smacked of 'commitment,'" Khalid said sardonically.

The ripples of sound spread out in the moonlight. His racing pulse told him that sleep would be hard on this tumultuous night. That he would experience the insomnia of lovers without love. He began to recall all the verses he knew from the poetry of demented lovers. The company disappeared, and he alone remained with the shining night. He saw a horseman, his steed galloping through the air just above the water's surface, and asked him who he was. The rider replied that he was Omar Khayyam, and that he had managed to escape death at last .

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