|Original title||ملحمة الحرافيش|
|Publisher||Maktabat Misr (1977 arabic)
Doubleday (Eng. trans.)
Published in English
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|ISBN||0-385-42324-1 (Eng. trans.)|
|LC Class||PJ7846.A46 M2813 1994|
The Harafish (Arabic: الحرافيش) (in orig. Arabic Malhamat al-harafish) is a novel written by Naguib Mahfouz. It comprises a series of episodes in a dozen generations of a family from the Egyptian urban rabble (the "harafish"). Many of the members of this family become clan chiefs in an alley in the city; some of them are benefactors to the other members of the harafish; some are more corrupt. Neither the location within Egypt nor the time of the events is ever identified.
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