April 11, 2010

Egyptian Paperbacks

I love Egyptian paperbacks. Even classics by Naguib Mahfouz and Taha Hussein get this romantic, film-poster treatment. Most have a woman in the foreground and a handsome chap or two (often in cool colors, and often wielding a weapon) in the background. Some are quite risque. The interiors often contain excellent black-and-white line drawings or prints.

Abnaa Abi Bakr al-Saddiq

from Karnak Cafe by Naguib Mahfouz

(The Teacher)

Al-Zela al-Ula (The First Lapse)

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