Writings of the general word's body

Sunday, September 03, 2006


“Do you remember? How quickly the memories are slipping away. What do you want? To chant? Or just call out? To whom? For what? There’s a voice speaking inside of you. Do you hear? Do you see? But where? There’s nothing. Nothing. Darkness and more darkness. A gentle motion’s pushing with the regularity of the ticking of a clock. The heart is flowing with it. There’s a whisper accompanying it. The gate of the garden. Isn’t that so? It’s moving in a fluid, rippling way and slowly dissolving. The towering tree is dancing gently. The sky… the sky? High, expansive… nothing but the calm, smiling sky with peace raining from it.”

Palace Walk, Vol 1 in The Cairo Trilogy (Black Swan edition, 1995).

Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006)

  • BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a reading of Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy in the Classic Serial programme slot, starting on 15th October 2006.


Zafar Anjum said...

Hi Molara

Lovely nook you have created here. Fantastic stuff! Keep it up! Loved the Chimamanda book launch pics. Cheers!

the flying monkeys said...

starting october 15th, thanks for this. One certainly shouldn't miss it.

Renegade Eye said...

A great legacy to leave behind.

Part of an artist lives in his work.

Anonymous said...

I am a fan of Nigerian literature,especally her poetry.
Can you please expand?

Anonymous said...

By the Will of Allah in beneficience and merciful:
Let me narrate my charms of
this particular poem. It is
resplendent of Mafouz style,
in which he do question nature
and find out how...
how to describe the mirror...
But since she is beautiful, why
is the poem disserving of victory?