Rasheed El-Enany Mahfouz (Life & Times)

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Mahfouz (Life & Times)

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Naguib Mahfouz, the Arab world's celebrated Nobel laureate for literature, died in Cairo on 30 August 2006. He was 94 years old and had been in frail health since an assassination attempt in 1994, which left him almost unable to write. Naguib Mahfouz was born on December 11, 1911, in the old Gamaliya quarter of Cairo, where he spent his first nine or ten years and which plays an important role in his earlier, realistic novels such as "Midaq Alley" and "The Cairo Trilogy", and figures symbolically and in terms of characters and physical images in later books like "Children of the Alley" and "The Harafish". The alley of his childhood is a kind of microcosm of Egyptian society in his works. "Children of the Alley" was deemed an allegory on the lives of the prophets including the Prophet Mohammed, which led to a fatwah being pronounced and in 1994 a religious zealot tried to stab him to death.

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‘El-Enany handles the Mahfouz archive with skill and style, adding much rare and valuable historical, biographical and visual material. One particularly useful aspect of Naguib Mahfouz: Egypt’s Nobel Laureate is its use of sidebars that either explain the importance of certain literary and historical details to the reader or contain some of Mahfouz’s late, short narratives. ... Other handy tools include a chronology relating Mahfouz’s long life to global political and cultural events, as well as a detailed listing of Mahfouz’s works and their English translations, an annotated bibliography and index. In under 200 very readable pages, El-Enany gives the reader a solid introduction to a man whose works span several thousand.’ Times Higher Education

'He [was] not only a Hugo and a Dickens, but also a Galsworthy, a Mann, a Zola, and a Jules Romain.' (The London Review of Books )

Exactly the right size. Beautiful to look at as well as to hold. Easy to read. Illustrated, annotated, indexed. And then, a well-laid out and informative chronology, a list of all Mahfouz's works . . . and a handy compilation of further reading. All this in less than 200 pages. Haus Publishing and Rasheed El-Enany must be congratulated on this handsome volume, the first biography of the Arab world's Nobel Laureate for Literature since his death at the age of 94 on 30 August 2006. (Margaret Obank Banipal )

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Naguib Mahfouz, the Arab world's celebrated Nobel laureate for literature, died in Cairo on 30 August 2006. He was 94 years old and had been in frail health since an assassination attempt in 1994, which left him almost unable to write. Prior to the award of the Nobel Prize in 1988, nine Mahfouz novels had been published in English and, as the author wrote later, 'it was through the translation of these novels into English...that other publishers became aware of them and requested their translation into other foreign languages, and I believe that these translations were among the foremost reasons for my being awarded the Nobel prize.' Naguib Mahfouz was born on December 11, 1911, in the old Gamaliya quarter of Cairo, where he spent his first nine or ten years and which plays an important role in his earlier, realistic novels such as "Midaq Alley" and "The Cairo Trilogy", and figures symbolically and in terms of characters and physical images in later books like "Children of the Alley" and "The Harafish". The alley of his childhood is a kind of microcosm of Egyptian society in his works.

"Children of the Alley" was deemed an allegory on the lifes of the prophets including the Prophet Mohammed, which led to a fatwah being pronounced and in 1994 a religious zealot tried to stab him to death.

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