The Thief and the Dogs

Major themes

Heavily dependent on imagery, the thief, Said, is depicted as a tragic hero being chased down by those he perceives as dogs. The recurring images of prison, betrayal and darkness amongst others also permeate the text. The novel is remarkable because it is the first novel to employ the stream of consciousness style of writing in Arabic. It helped, therefore, to confirm Mahfouz's stature as a pioneer in the field of literature.

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