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The Harafish
The Harafish
Author: Naguib Mahfouz, Catherine Cobham (Translator)
The Harafish begins with the tale of Ashur al-Nagi, a man who grows from humble beginnings to become a great leader, a legend among his people. Generation after generation, however, Ashur's descendants grow further from his legendary example. They lose touch with their origins as they amass and then squander large fortunes, marry pr...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780385423359
ISBN-10: 0385423357
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 406
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub. Grp. Inc.
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Terrific read as just a 'story'. But a real education into a society and culture completely different from our own.

Plot Summary:
It comprises a series of episodes in a dozen generations of a family from the Egyptian urban rabble (the "harafish"). Many of the members of this family become clan chiefs in an alley in the city; some of them are benefactors to the other members of the harafish; some are more corrupt.