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Maryam’s Maze

Maryam’s Maze

Mansoura Ez Eldin
Translated by Paul Starkey
Copyright Date: 2007
Pages: 112
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    Maryam’s Maze
    Book Description:

    Maryam’s Maze is an enigmatic novel by one of the most promising authors of a vibrant new generation of Egyptian writers. Set in the house of Yusuf el Tagi, Maryam’s Maze relates the story of a woman struggling to find her way through the confusion of the world around her. Using the literary device of the ‘double,’ Maryam’s Maze narrates a story that on one level touches on universal human emotions. At the same time the inner maze of dreams and memories in which the young Maryam finds herself stirs greater resonance in issues of modern Egyptian life. Echoing themes found in her earlier short fiction, Mansoura Ez Eldin has woven a haunting allegorical tale that reveals its real meaning to the reader only at the end of the novel. With its precision of language and distinctive personal vision, Maryam’s Maze represents a unique contribution to the corpus of contemporary Egyptian fiction.

    eISBN: 978-1-61797-163-1
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[iv])
  2. Maryam’s Maze
    (pp. 1-102)

    The story goes that when El Tagi decided to build his palace, he brought several pieces of flesh, scattered them over various pieces of ground, and then chose the spot that had kept the flesh from rotting for the longest time. There he built his magnificent palace with its domes and marble façades. He wanted it to be unlike any other building, so he filled it with as many cellars and corridors as he could, as well as spacious halls and windows with colored glass, and wide balconies edged with low walls topped with black balustrades shaped like tree branches...

  3. Glossary
    (pp. 103-104)
  4. Translator’s Note
    (pp. 105-106)
  5. Back Matter
    (pp. 107-108)