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The Seventh Heaven: Supernatural Tales

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  179 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz draws on his homeland’s rich engagement with the afterlife–and his own near-death experience at the hands of a would-be assassin–in these newly translated, brilliantly mysterious stories of the supernatural.

 Among those who haunt these tales are the ghosts of Akhenaten, Woodrow Wilson, and Gamal Abd al-Nasser, who endure a strange sys
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 5th 2006 by Anchor (first published 2005)
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Jan 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
I had originally thought of giving two stars to this collection of short stories, but after further reflection realized that because of their sheer pointlessness and lack of imagination they had earned a single star. Even the headline short story, "They Seventh Heaven," which makes an attempt at a plot and some sort of meaning, is ultimately uninteresting. The author is not telling me something profound by putting the souls of historical figures into the bodies of common people and a feeble atte ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Rather dissapointing. Some of the stories are repetitive, and others seem to have a decent-enough premise for a middling Twilight Zone episode, but are tossed off without much development and they're all a little obvious and moralistic. The only one which really stood out for me was the one about a lady who checks into a hotel room and starts having more guests over than could imaginably fit in, I forget the title. That was refreshingly bizzare, with a very effective transition from apparent nor ...more
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This novel captures you even when you're on your guard I was taken in by the first page. And it became one of my favorites in the 11th.
Not only this novel is full of wisdom. It's witty and makes you think (in a good way!) I have often stopped to contemplate the lines, the words and thoughts behind this masterpiece. And every time I reach va conclusion I realized that I had nothing after all.
I found it very amusing. You laugh and think while flipping this hungrily to know what comes next. It wa
Aug 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
A short taste of short stories from Mahfouz from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. I'm struck by The Haunted Woods, A Man of Awesome Power, and mostly Room No. 12, which I really want to discuss with someone. The jacket says supernatural stories and there are plenty of skeletons and ghosts and angels and spiritual guides to heaven. I find plenty of class, religion, and politics as well. These are fable/parables that are more accessible, political Borges stories to me.
Oct 14, 2009 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed many of these stories. My favorite by far is "Beyond the Clouds," followed by "The Seventh Heaven" itself. However, there were a few I didn't care for at all. This may be a result of my own lapses of understanding, but there were about three or four that didn't speak to me at all.
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Mahfouz is an amazing novelist, one of the greatest ever, so my complaint is not with him but with the way this compendium has been made. The selection of stories is not the best (with the exception of the first one), and I feel like some of them don't deliver on the "supernatural" claims of the title. Read Mahfouz's novels, a better experience.
Julie Rowe
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I only disliked that these were short stories and not full fledged books of their own. I loved the imagery, and all the differing styles, as well as all the possible views of what the afterlife holds.
Karl Steffey
Jun 21, 2009 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fiction, owned
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Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Only one Nobel prize??
May 05, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Good read, but didnt drive me to re-read.
Ada Rahman
Nov 16, 2008 rated it liked it
my very first taste of the author. some of the tales left me stupefied. tak tercapai akalku. 'the seventh heaven' is the longest, and i liked it the most.
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome collection of stories. Hard to pick one personal favorite.
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Naguib Mahfouz (Arabic author profile: نجيب محفوظ) was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. He published over 50 novels, over 350 short stories, dozens of movie scripts, and five plays over a 70-year career. Many of his works have been made into Egyptian and foreign films.
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