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By Naguib Mahfouz

In Naguib Mahfouz's suspenseful novel a sour and bold nihilist, a stunning and impoverished pupil, and a corrupt legit interact in a doomed ménage à trois.

Cairo of the Nineteen Thirties is a spot of huge social and financial inequities. it's also a time of swap, while the schools have simply opened to ladies and heady new philosophies imported from Europe are stirring up debates one of the younger. Mahgub is a fiercely proud pupil who's made up our minds to maintain either his poverty and his loss of rules mystery from his idealistic neighbors. while he reveals that there aren't any jobs for these with out connections, out of desperation he consents to take part in an complex deception. yet what starts as an insignificant method for survival quickly turns into even more for either Mahgub and his companion in crime, an both determined younger lady named Ihsan. As they make their method via Cairo's lavish excessive society their precarious charade starts off to solve and the poor expense of Mahgub's Faustian discount turns into transparent.

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