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The story Zaabalwi by Nagub Mahfouz is about a narrators quest for Zaabalwi The story takes in Cairo and the narrator looks everywhere to find the mysterious character Zaabalwi The narrator is looking for Zaabalwi because he has a disease which no doctor can cure and he believes Zaabalwi can heal him The people of Cairo refer to Zaabalwi as a saint who possess physical healing and religious salvation The narrator first hears about Zaabalwi from his father His father says hes a true saint of God a remover of worries and troubles were it not for him I would have died miserably This remarks makes the narrator refer to Zaabalwi as person who posses healing powers and he goes on a mission to find this person The narrator goes on a mission to find Zaabalwi because this character is very hard to find and many people havent seen him in a while During his mission the narrator meets a variety of people including a religious lawyer a bookseller a government officer a calligrapher a musician and a drunken man All these people have meet Zaabalwi some time in their life but none of them know his exact location They all believe that he is still alive which gives the narrator hope that some day he will find the mysterious guy Every one of the individuals he meets tells him great things about the character Zaabalwi They tell him that he inspired them and restore their health to them When the narrator visits the calligrapher he tells the narrator what a mystery Zaabalwi is He states A real man of mystery hed visit you so often that people would imagine he was nearest and dearest then would disappear as though hed never existed It was very common for saints to disappear Zaabalwi secret to heal was referred to as a secret and only he knew how to cure illnesses that no doctors could He
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