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  • Published: 15 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9780307742582
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $29.99

The Mirage



A stunning example of Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz's psychological portraiture, The Mirage is the story of an intense young man who has been so dominated by his mother that her death sets him dangerously adrift in a world he cannot manage alone.

Kamil Ru'ba is a tortured soul who hopes that writing the story of his life will help him gain control of it. Raised by a mother who fled her abusive husband and became overbearingly possessive and protective toward her young son, he has long been isolated emotionally and physically. Now in his twenties, Kamil seeks to escape her posthumous grasp. Finding and successfully courting the woman of his dreams seems to promise salvation, until his ignorance of mature love and his fear and jealousy lead to tragedy.

  • Published: 15 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9780307742582
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz was an Egyptian author who won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his writing. He is probably best known for his acclaimed 'Cairo Trilogy'. Comprising three novels - Palace Walk, Palace of Desire and Sugar Street - it explores three generations of one Cairene family between 1917 and 1953.

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