For September we’re reading حضرة المحترم، نجيب محفوظ / Respected Sir by Egyptian Author Naguib Mahfouz, translated by Rasheed El-Enany.
A brief summary of the book from AUC Press:
“Respected Sir is a story of vaulting ambition. Othman Bayyumi joins the civil service at the lowest point of the professional scale as an archives clerk. From the first minute in his career he is seized by a mad desire to become one day director-general of the department, and his eagerness to fulfill this ambition becomes an exalted and arduous religious quest, for the sake of which no sacrifice is too great.”
For further reading, take a look at Samia Mehrez’s “Respected Sir,” from Egyptian Writers between History and Fiction: Essays on Naguib Mahfouz, Sonallah Ibrahim, and Gamal al-Ghitani, available as a free pdf downloadable from AUC Press’ ‘Writing Egypt: History, Literature, Culture’ here.
We’ll meet to discuss on Saturday, September 25th, 2010.