"When Naguib Mahfouz was a boy, he tells us, two paths lay before him. There was the path of the literature he loved to read and write. He could take that path and become a distinguished author. There was also the path of the football he loved to play and the footballers he admired. He could take that, it was said, and become a member of the Egyptian Olympic football team."
"Sheikhun Muharram disappeared."
"Every day I lie and say / I know this place. / My mother's kitchen / brims with afflictions / I must pretend to befriend it / we all know it can have only one master / from its beginning to its end"
"The no-hair phenomenon certainly has a backstory. "
"His mouth discharged a second snort. I worried he might attack me, or tear me apart, but he settled his body back into the chair and sighed. "
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"The place was choking, and it will always be."
"Magdy’s gaze fell by accident on a tiny ad written in fine print in the bottom corner of one of the pages of a local newspaper."