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: Widely acclaimed asÂ Naguib Mahfouz's best novel,Â Midaq Alley
brings to lifeÂ one of the hustling, teeming back alleysÂ of CairoÂ in the 1940s. From Zaita the cripple-maker to Kirsha the hedonistic cafe owner,Â from Abbas the barber who mistakes greed for love to Hamida who sells her soul to escape the alley, from waiters and widows to politicians, pimps, and poets, the inhabitants of Midaq AlleyÂ vividly evoke Egypt's largestÂ city as it teeters on the brink of change. Never has Nobel Prize-winnerÂ Mahfouz's talent for rich and luxurious storytelling been more evident than here, in his portrait ofÂ one small streetÂ as a microcosm of the world on the threshold of modernity.