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Critical Review by Aamer Hussein

SOURCE: “The Vagaries of Love,” in Times Literary Supplement, March 15, 1991, p. 10.

In the following review, Hussein explores how Palace of Desire serves as a bridge between Mahfouz's earlier works and his later, more cynical prose.

The severed head of Islam's most honoured martyr, Imam Al-Hussein, the prophet Muhammad's grandson and a symbol of resistance to oppression for many Muslims, lies buried in a sepulchre in Cairo—or so tradition tells us. Kamal, the idealistic central figure of Palace of Desire, is an ardent devotee at the shrine, until an encounter with a more sceptical companion relieves him of his faith; the shrine, he is told, is merely an empty symbol.

The memory of this early loss of faith, seen as the prelude to all his life's ensuing tragedies, echoes throughout...

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