The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz

The Cairo Trilogy – Palace Walk, Palace of Desire and Sugar Street – is the masterpiece of Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz; the only person to have won the Prize for literature for work primarily in Arabic. To see my reviews for each of these novels, see the links below:

Palace Walk (The Cairo Trilogy 1)

Palace Walk is the first novel of Nobel Prize Winner Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo Trilogy. Considered to be his masterpiece, the trilogy follows the lives of members of the conservative al-Jawad family from the First World War to the Second. As Egypt struggles towards independence, so to do the younger members of the al-Jawad family struggle for greater personal freedom against oppression from tradition and religion. More

Palace of Desire (The Cairo Trilogy 2)

Palace of Desire is the second novel of Nobel Prize Winner Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo Trilogy. In it we follow 17-year-old Kamal as he deals with crises of faith and unrequited love in 1920’s Egypt. More


Sugar Street (The Cairo Trilogy 3)

In Sugar Street, the final novel of Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo Trilogy, change and tragedy continue for both the al-Jawad family and for Egypt as the height of the Great Depression gives way to a new European war and the terror of new weapons while independence for Egypt remains elusive. More