Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Obituary of Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz, best known for the Cairo Trilogy series, died yesterday at the age of 94. An exceptional storyteller, Naguib Mahfouz gave the world a peek into the controversial reality of Egyptian life. His stories had a raw personal touch, his characters battled through questions and traits of Egyptian society that many feared to even discuss.
At the age of 82, he was attacked outside his home by one such fear-driven man, a fundamentalist who was taught to disagree with Mahfouz's honest and liberal views of Egypt, God and Islam.
May his innovative, Nobel-prize writing which had been translated into dozens of languages, inspire future generations of young Egyptian and Arab authors.

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