Naguib Mahfouz is an author I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, so when I saw a small book of his stories sitting on the Nobel Prize Winners shelf at the University Library, I couldn’t resist. Voices From the Other World – Ancient Egyptian Tales has five beautifully written stories, told almost as fables. The stories come from the folklore and mythology of ancient Egypt, and Mahfouz has used them to create his own sensitive, often humorous, very insightful illuminations of human nature.
Mahfouz won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988. One of his best-known works is The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, and Sugar Street, but he was a prolific writer so there are many more of his written treasures to discover and enjoy.