The Days

His Autobiography in Three Parts

Taha Hussein
Translated byE.H. Paxton
Hilary Wayment
Kenneth Cragg

For the first time, the three-part autobiography of one of modern Egypt’s greatest writers and thinkers is available in a single paperback volume. T

English edition
412 pp.
ISBN 9781617974700
For sale worldwide

6.99

This book is only available for purchase from Egypt

For the first time, the three-part autobiography of one of modern Egypt’s greatest writers and thinkers is available in a single paperback volume. The first part, An Egyptian Childhood (1929), is full of the sounds and smells of rural Egypt. It tells of Hussein’s childhood and early education in a small village in Upper Egypt, as he learns not only to come to terms with his blindness but to excel in spite of it and win a place at the prestigious Azhar University in Cairo. The second part, The Stream of Days: A Student at the Azhar (1939), is an enthralling picture of student life in Egypt in the early 1900s, and the record of the growth of an unusually gifted personality. More than forty years later, Hussein published A Passage to France (1973), carrying the story on to his final attainment of a doctorate at the Sorbonne, a saga of perseverance in the face of daunting odds.

Taha Hussein

TAHA HUSSEIN (1889–1973) was most influential through his voluminous, varied and controversial writings. He was unofficially known as the ‘’Dean of Arabic Letters.’’
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