Beginning with al-Qahira al-Jadlda Najīb Mahfūz concerned himself directly with the world he lived in. 1 Between 1939 and 1952 he wrote five novels 2 and his great Cairo trilogy, referred to earlier. 3 In April 1952 he finished writing the trilogy, and had a plan for seven additional novels “of the same realistic and critical tendency.” 4 But as we know, when the revolution of July 1952 occurred, desire for further writing died in him, and he never came to write those seven novels.