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Tales From Dayrut

This collection of fourteen connected stories and a novella, From the Secret History of Numan Abdel Hafez, takes us deep into Upper Egypt and the village of Dayrut al-Sharif. To depict a world renowned for its poverty, ignorance, vendettas, and implacable code of honor, Mohamed Mustagab deploys the black humor and Swiftian sarcasm of the insider who knows his society only too well.

Mohamed Mustagab (1938 2006) received little formal education but published his first short story in 1968 and wrote prolifically after that, receiving numerous prizes.

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'"Tales from Dayrut” consists of fourteen connected stories from his collection "Dayrut Al-Sharif”, plus "From the Secret History of Nu’man Abd al-Hafiz”. In his vigorous translation, Humphrey Davies captures Mustagab’s rollicking style and vivid descriptive powers.' - Saudi Gazette

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