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Dostoevsky in Mahfouz's Work Public Deposited
  • Naguib Mahfouz, the first Arabic writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature, said in an interview that Fyodor Dostoevsky was one of the authors who significantly influenced his writing. This paper studies the nature and extent of that influence. It represents the first stage of an exploration of Mahfouz and Dostoevsky through a comparison of The Thief and the Dogs (al-lis wal-kilab, 1961) and Crime and Punishment (Prestuplenie i nakazanie,1866), respectively. Both authors were writing at times of great social and political upheaval, when living conditions were becoming more difficult, and theories about how to improve society were proliferating. This paper argues that both authors were particularly invested in the question of what happens when people start promoting social theories that justify violence. In The Thief and the Dogs, as in Crime and Punishment, such theories prove ruinous for society and for the theorists themselves.

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  • 2023-04-25
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  • 2024-01-11
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