Naguib Mahfouz's The Dreams PDF

By Naguib Mahfouz

ISBN-10: 0307455076

ISBN-13: 9780307455079

In his ultimate years, Egyptian Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz distilled his storyteller's artwork to its so much crucial point. Written with the compression and gear of desires, those poetic vignettes, initially gathered in books, The Dreams and Dreams of Departure, the following mixed in a single quantity for the 1st time.

 These tales telescope epic stories into tersely haunting miniatures. a guy reveals his local has became a circus, yet his pleasure turns to anger whilst he can't break out it. An imprecise author eventually achieves fame-through the epitaph on his grave. a gaggle of neighbors telling jokes in an alley face the murderous revenge of an historical Egyptian queen. Figures from Mahfouz's past-women he enjoyed, males who encouraged him, even fictional characters from his personal novels-float via stories dreamed by means of a brain too fertile ever to relaxation, even in sleep.

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Q uand elle échangeait quelques m ots avec la petite Blandine, elle prenait toujours une voix mielleuse, mais qui savait distiller le venin. Elle ne perdait pas une occasion pour lui dire qu'elle était laide, qu'elle risquait de briser le m iroir dans lequel elle se hasardait parfois à regarder furtivem ent son image. Elle veillait à ce que les toilettes de l'enfant fussent composées de riches étoffes aux teintes éclatantes, mais elle lui faisait discrètement observer qu'on n'avait aucun goût à la parer, car la couleur de ses robes n'attirait que davantage l'attention sur son teint blêm e com m e celui des m alades dont o n ignore s'ils sont plus près de la vie que de la mort.

Un rude orage avait éclaté trois jours plus tôt et la pluie était tombée avec abondance. Les herbes des chem ins et des prairies, dessé­ chées par le chaud soleil de juillet, avaient soudain reverdi, LA BELLE HISTOIRE DE NOTRE-DAME-D'ÉTANG 53 et d'innom brables m arguerites blanches ém aillaient la pente des talus. L'Abbé vint en personne, revêtu de ses plus beaux ornem ents, chercher la statue. Une procession se forma, à laquelle se joignirent la plupart des habitants du village. La Vierge fut placée sur u n socle porté par quatre clercs, et on l'abrita sous u n dais orné de riches broderies.

Le Prince de Condé, vainqueur de Rocroy, avait été nom m é en 1647 Gouverneur de la Bourgogne, après la m ort de son père, Henri de Bourbon, survenue au mois de janvier de cette m êm e année, et la ville de Dijon lui avait alors fait don d 'u n m agnifique plat-bassin en or massif. Cependant, le Cardinal M azarin, qui voulait placer à la tête de cette riche province u n hom m e sur lequel il pouvait entièrem ent compter, fit arrêter le nouveau Gouverneur que l'on enferm a à Vincennes le 18 janvier 1650, et nom m a à sa place César, duc de Vendôme, fils légitimé du roi Henri IV.

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