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Naguib Mahfouz - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Naguib Mahfouz

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Naguib Mahfouz, twentieth century Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian novelist
Naguib Mahfouz   (1911 - 2006)
 
Category:  Egyptian Literature
 
Born:  December 11, 1911
Cairo, Egypt
 
Died:  August 30, 2006
 
Related authors:
Kahlil Gibran, Salman Rushdie
 
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Naguib Mahfouz - LIFE STORIES
 
 
12/11/1911     Of Fame and Fatwas
On this day in 1911 the Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz was born. Despite a death sentence pronounced against him by Omar Abdul-Rahman, and nearly carried out in 1994, Mahfouz chronicled and questioned Egyptian society throughout his long life. He was given a state funeral when he died in 2006 - at which time Abdul-Rahman was a decade into his life sentence.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth
fiction
 
Arabian Nights and Days
fiction
 
Children of Gebelawi
fiction
 
Echoes of an Autobiography
memoirs
 
Miramar
fiction
 
Naguib Mahfouz at Sidi Gaber: Reflections of a Nobel Laureate 1994-2001
by Mohamed Salmawy (Editor), Naguib Mahfouz
interviews
 
Naguib Mahfouz at Sidi Gaber: Reflections of a Nobel Laureate 1994-2001
by Naguib Mahfouz, Mohamed Salmawy (Editor)
memoirs
 
Respected Sir
fiction
 
The Beggar, The Thief and the Dogs, Autumn Quail
anthology, fiction
 
The Beginning and the End
fiction
 
The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street
fiction
 
The Day the Leader Was Killed
fiction
 
The Journey of Ibn Fattouma
fiction
 
Time and the Place
short stories
 
Voices from the Other World: Ancient Egyptian Tales
short stories
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Naguib Mahfouz's Egypt: Existential Themes in His Writings
by Hayim Gordon
guide
 
Naguib Mahfouz: From Regional Fame to Global Recognition
by Michael Beard (Editor), Adnan Haydar (Editor)
essays
 
Naguib Mahfouz: The Pursuit of Meaning
by Rasheed El-Enany
criticism and analysis
 
The Cairo of Naguib Mahfouz
by Britta Le Va (Photographer), Gamal Al-Ghitani
photography
 
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Dr. Fidel Fajardo-Acosta's World Literature Website
This useful resource for students offers a quick overview of Mahfouz's life and works. Find a chronological timeline of events in the author's life, short notes on main works, and historical commentary which offers added context and insight to understanding the Cairo Trilogy and other works.
Egypt State Information Service
This goverment-operated website presents a short biographical essay titled "Biased To Grassroots" which explores the author's life, views on Egypt and the world, and the themes which permeate his works. With excerpts and critical commentary on Respected Sir, Palace of Desire, Adrift on the Nile, and Journey of Ibn Fatouma.

"Mahfouz seems to conceive of time as a metaphysical force of oppression. His novels have consistently shown time as the bringer of change, and change as a very painful process, and very often time is not content until it has dealt his heroes the final blow of death. To sum up, in Mahfouz's dark tapestry of the world there are only two bright spots. These consists of man's continuing struggle for equality on the one hand and the promise of scientific progress on the other; meanwhile, life is a tragedy."
Interview: "A Nobel for the Arab Nation"
Read an March/April 1989 biography and interview from Aramco World Magazine.

"Throughout his career, Mahfouz has chronicled the vicissitudes of modern Egypt, and he has often been affected by them himself. Children of Gebelawi is still unpublished in full in Arabic, and until he won the Nobel Prize his works were banned in many Arab countries because of his outspoken support for President Anwar Sadat's Camp David peace treaty with Israel...."
Middle East & Islamic Studies Collection (Cornell University)
This highly recommended collection offers resources and links on ancient, medieval and modern history, religion, law and justice systems, women and gender issues, and Middle Eastern literature in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. This website includes this biography of Mahfouz, and short reviews of works including:

  • Adrift on the Nile

  • Arabian Nights and Days

  • Children of the Alley

  • The Journey of Ibn Fattouma

  • Sugar Street
  • Naguib Mahfouz, 1988 Nobel Prize in Literature
    Mahfouz was awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize in Literature for having "formed an Arabian narrative art that applies to all mankind" through his works "rich in nuance -- now clear-sightedly realistic, now evocatively ambiguous ..." Visit the official Nobel website for an author biography, Mahfouz's Nobel Lecture, and other resources.
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