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By Taha Hussein

Taha Hussein (1889-1973), blind from early youth, rose from humble beginnings to pursue a exclusive profession in Egyptian public lifestyles (he was once at one time Minister of Education). yet he was once so much influential via his voluminous, diverse, and arguable writings.
He grew to become recognized via the unofficial identify 'Dean of Arabic Letters,' and the celebrated Egyptian critic Louis Awad defined him as "the maximum unmarried highbrow and cultural effect at the literature of his period."
Based at the real tale of a chum of the writer, this novel—unfolding among Cairo and Paris and during vibrant own correspondence—draws an image of a robust friendship and of a tender man's hassle: the guy of letters of the identify unearths himself cut up between—and in love with—two cultures basically incompatible, East and West. In his determined fight to reconcile them his soul is estranged and he's thrown—or escapes—deeper into the backstreet abyss of First international struggle Paris. after all it truly is maybe the very impracticality of his personal morality that destroys him.

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