In May we’re reading ثرثرة فوق النيل، نجيب محفوظ / Adrift on the Nile by Egyptian Author Naguib Mahfouz, translated by Frances Liardet.
A brief summary of the book from AUC Press: “It is the late sixties, and for the group of friends who meet night after night on the houseboat on the Nile, times have changed. Nasser has ushered in an age of enormous social change, and these middle-aged sons and daughters of the old bourgeoisie are left high and dry, to gather beneath the moonlight, to smoke and chat and inhabit a cosy and enchanted world. But one night Art and Reality collide with unforeseen consequences. In Adrift on the Nile, Mahfouz has given us a tale, at once thrilling and deeply serious, which exposes the human and artistic dilemmas of modern times.” The book has also been adapted as a film by the same name, which is available online here. We’ll meet to discuss and screen the film on Monday, May 23rd 2011.