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By Taha Hussein

Taha Hussein (1889-1973), blind from early early life, rose from humble beginnings to pursue a unique occupation in Egyptian public existence (he used to be at one time Minister of Education). yet he was once such a lot influential via his voluminous, different, and arguable writings.
He grew to become identified by way of the unofficial name 'Dean of Arabic Letters,' and the prestigious 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 brilliant own correspondence—draws an image of a strong friendship and of a tender man's trouble: the fellow of letters of the identify unearths himself cut up between—and in love with—two cultures primarily 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 global struggle Paris. in any case it really is might be the very impracticality of his personal morality that destroys him.

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