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Pyramid Texts: A Modern Arabic Novel Hardcover – Feb 15 2007

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (Feb. 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9774160517
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774160516
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 1.5 x 13.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,851,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gamal Al-ghitani was born in 1945 and educated in Cairo. He has written 13 novels and 6 collections of short stories. He is currently editor-in-chief of the literary review Akhbar al-adab.

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When the boy first came to know him, the man was still at the beginning of his quest, though the boy only became fully informed as to his story once it was over. Read the first page
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A modern work of literary excellence May 7 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Editor-in-chief of the literary review 'Akhbar al-adah' and the author of six collections of short stories, Egyptian author Gamal al-Ghitani has written "Pyramid Texts", a novel that fully reveals his impressive abilities at story telling that blends Sufi mysticism and medieval Islamic history with the imagery and mystery those enigmatic monuments of Egyptian antiquity that are the only surviving member of the ancient seven wonders of the world. Designed so that a series of chapters, each of which is shorter than the last, represents a uniquely modernist style of narrative. Ably translated into English by Humphrey Davies, and made available to an American readership through the auspices of International Publishers Marketing, "Pyramid Texts" transcends cultures to provide a modern work of literary excellence that is a modern Arabic novel which is enthusiastically recommended for academic and community library collections in general, and enthusiasts of avant garde literature in particular.
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A Structured Delight! Sept. 28 2007
By Patricia J. Gordon - Published on
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This is the first Modern Arabic Novel that I have read. I did not know what to expect, but I can tell you now that this book is a delight and a fast read. I learned about a culture so different from mine, and was delighted with the simplicity of the lives of the characters. The focus throughout the whole book is on the Pyramids, and the progression of the chapters, beginning with the longer texts, move you through the book as you climb higher and higher and shorter chapters with each new story. The last chapter leaves you with... well, I wont reveal the end...this book is a keeper. READ IT!

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