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Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz, (born 1911), Egyptian novelist,

Naguib Mahfouz was born on December 11, 1911 in the Gamaliya quarter of Cairo, Egypt. A longtime civil servant, Mahfouz served in the Ministry of Mortmain Endowments, then as Director of Censorship in the Bureau of Art, as Director of the Foundation for the Support of the Cinema, and, finally, as consultant to the Ministry of Culture. Throughout his career, with an interruption in publication between 1952 and 1959, he has brought out more than 30 novels. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1988.

Many of Mahfouz's novels were written in serialized form - e.g., Midaq Alley.

Cairo Trilogy:

This series of works follows the life of the patriarch al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad and his family across three generations in Cairo from World War I to the overthrow of King Farouk I in the 1950s.

Palace Walk
Palace of Desire
Sugar Street

Other works:

  • Whisper of Madness, 1938
  • Mockery of the fates, 1939
  • Modern Cairo, 1945
  • Khan al-Khalili, 1945
  • Middaq Alley, 1947
  • Beginning and end, 1950
  • Children of Gebelawi, 1959
  • The thief and the dogs, 1961
  • Quail and autumn, 1962
  • Chatting on the Nile, 1966
  • Miramar, 1967
  • Mirrors, 1972
  • al-Karnak, 1974
  • Love and the veil, 1980
  • Arabian Nights and Days, 1981
  • Akhenaten, Dweller in Truth, 1985



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