Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor Books, New York, 1993, English; originally published 1967 in Arabic
ISBN: 9780385264785

From the Publisher. Set in Alexandria, Egypt, int he 1960s, Miramar tells the violent, tragic story of the former grand hostelry Miramar, now a pension run by an elderly grande dame and a young country girl.

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Cleto Munari

This is the only book by the Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz not set in Cairo. The Egyptian background and the amazing list of characters who live and pass through the Miramar pension form a succession of longings and desires, while reflecting the ambitions of the young girl at the center of the novel. I felt myself sharing the author’s passion for beauty and ambition. My meeting with Mahfouz was one of the most moving and memorable events in my life, and Miramar was there, stuck in my head like a flickering diamond.

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