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In the novel again the Hyksos are consistently described as arrogant and quick-tempered ‘tyrants without minds’ (p. 11 All of which leaves us with no doubt that Mahfouz had in mind the contemporary scene as he was writing this novel—history offered both pharallel and hope. The Struggle of Thebes did not only herald the beginning of Mahfouz’s involvement in the political reality of modern Egypt, but also in the social and economic structures dictated by it. ’ (p. 113), and ‘The rule followed in Egypt is for the rich to rob the poor while the poor are not allowed to steal from the rich’ (p.

115 Asked what he wanted to say in the totality of his work, he answered: It may be that I did not mean to say anything, but only drew comfort from making certain motions and emitting certain noises in a certain order which gave a semblance of purpose and signified, as it should of necessity, certain things. But if those things had been firm and clear, I would have preferred to present them in a different manner. 116 34 2 LOOKING BACKWARD TO THE PRESENT: THE HISTORICAL NOVELS Mahfouz’s career as novelist began with three novels set in Ancient Egypt, the first of which was published in 1939.

11 All of which leaves us with no doubt that Mahfouz had in mind the contemporary scene as he was writing this novel—history offered both pharallel and hope. The Struggle of Thebes did not only herald the beginning of Mahfouz’s involvement in the political reality of modern Egypt, but also in the social and economic structures dictated by it. ’ (p. 113), and ‘The rule followed in Egypt is for the rich to rob the poor while the poor are not allowed to steal from the rich’ (p. 95). 12 In fact, so preoccupied was Mahfouz with the injustices of the present that he ascribed to Ahmus, at the expense of anachronism, the economic and social reforms that he wished for modern Egypt.

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