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Four cities, four writers

If you are visiting Cairo, you should not overlook the father of Arabic novel art, Naguib Mahfouz. In this book essay, Fredrik Giertsen takes us to Cairo, Istanbul, Tehran and Jerusalem, where we encounter exciting situation reports and memoirs that shed light on everyday life in the Middle East.

In 1988, Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz (b. 1911) became the first Arabic-language writer to receive the Nobel Prize in literature. Cairo Trilogy is among this prolific author's most famous books, and it's about a family going through two world wars. These books were published in the 1950s, and strangely enough, two of Mahfouz's heirs have in recent years both come up with memoirs from the Middle East that concentrate on about the same era: Orhan Pamuks Istanbul – Memories and the City (in Norwegian this spring) and Amos Oz ' A tale of love and darkness. The picture can be complemented by a startling book from Iran's capital: Azar Nafisis To read Lolita in Tehran.

Europe's outposts: Jerusalem and Istanbul

Jerusalem must be the world's most coveted city, while Istanbul, as the former capital of the Eastern Roman Empire and the Ottoman Empire, holds a symbolic place in any historical. . .

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