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Naguib Mahfouz: 1911-2006

naguib_mahfouz_190x258.jpgEgypts most famous contemporary writer and the only Arab to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Naguib Mahfouz passed away yesterday aged 94. Mahfouz wrote 50 novels the most famous of which are the exceptionally brilliant piece of work, The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk (1956) Palace of Desire (1957) and Sugar Street (1957) which brought Mahfouz global recognition and Children of Gebelawi (1959) an important work that challenged religious dogma. The book was banned in Egypt for blasphemy and led to an assassination attempt on Mahfouz’s life by Islamic fundamentalists.

Reading Mahfouz is like reading the underbelly of Cario life especially in the early part of the 20C. He takes you through the streets, the cafes, the world of male privilege and the oppression of women.

Links: Naguib Mahfouz, Arab Gateway. Freedom for Egyptians, Egyptian Chronicles.

8 Comments

  1. Really sad. His works appear interesting. I will have to look him up.

    btw: i have had trouble visint here in the past weeks, keep getting unavailable..ill visit again soon

  2. Also, when you can find the time, can you update your blogroll to reflect the name change from shhh… to the above…sorry for the trouble and many thanks

  3. Finally, congrats on your nomination

  4. RIP Naguib Mahfouz

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    Sokari

    He gave us a political and social commentary on the streets of Cairo with characters that are alive and engaging. An amazing and brilliant man.

  6. The world of literature has lost a prominent figure. RIP

  7. Haven’t read any of his books, but I saw the movie adaptation of “Adrift on the Nile” and liked it very much.

  8. listened to a program on his life on the BBC world service radio. will read one of his books. thx