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Adrift on the Nile

Authors: Mahfouz, Naguib
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC019000, FIC051000, FIC025000
ISBN: 9780525431619, Related ISBNs: 0385423225, 0385423330, 0525431616, 9780385423229, 9780385423335
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 176,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: First published in 1966, Naguib Mahfouz’s Adrift on the Nile is an atmospheric novel that dramatizes the rootlessness of Egypt’s cosmopolitan middle class. Anis Zani is a bored and drug-addicted civil servant who is barely holding on to his job. Every evening he hosts a gathering on a houseboat on the Nile, where he and a motley group of cynical and aimless friends share a water pipe full of kif, a mixture of tobacco and marijuana. When a young female journalist—an “alarmingly serious person”—joins them and begins secretly documenting their activities, the group’s harmony starts disintegrating, culminating in a midnight joyride that ends in tragedy.
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