Respected Sir

Naguib Mahfouz
Translated by Rasheed El-Enany

Respected Sir is a story of vaulting ambition. Othman Bayyumi joins the civil service at the lowest point of the professional scale as an archives cle

English edition
204 pp.
12.5X19.5cm
ISBN 9789774241642
For sale only in the Middle East

$15.95

Respected Sir is a story of vaulting ambition. Othman Bayyumi joins the civil service at the lowest point of the professional scale as an archives clerk. From the first minute in his career he is seized by a mad desire to become one day director-general of the department, and his eagerness to fulfill this ambition becomes an exalted and arduous religious quest, for the sake of which no sacrifice is too great.

Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz (1911–2006) was born in the crowded Cairo district of Gamaliya. He wrote nearly 40 novel-length works, plus hundreds of short stories and numerous screenplays. He was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1988. Kay Heikkinen holds a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University, where she first became interested in Arabic history, language, and literature. She has taught medieval history and literature as well as Islamic civilization, and currently teaches Arabic at the University of Chicago.  

Rasheed El-Enany

Rasheed El-Enany is professor of modern Arabic literature at the University of Exeter. He is the author of Naguib Mahfouz: The Pursuit of Meaning.
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