Great World Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 6

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Naguib Mahfouz

BORN: December 11, 1911, Cairo, Egypt

IDENTIFICATION: Egyptian novelist and short-story writer best known
for social fiction, a genre that has been his primary focus since the 1950s.

SIGNIFICANCE: Naguib Mahfouz began his literary career writing histori-
cal novels based on ancient Egyptian history, among them Abath al-aqdar
(Fates play, 1939), Radubis (1943), and Kifah Tiba (The struggle of the city of
Thebes, 1944). He soon shifted his attention, however, toward social issues
and the history of his people and society. The most famous works of his ma-
turity are Al-Thulathiyya (The Cairo Trilogy, 1956–1957) and the controver-
sial novel Awlad har atina (Children of Gebalawi, 1959). A prolific author,
Mahfouz has contributed abundantly to the novel and short-story genres, and
his nonfiction includes works on politics, culture, and Arab nationalism. In
1988 he became the first Arab writer to receive the Nobel Prize for literature.

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  • Title Page 721
  • Contents 723
  • Thomas Keneally 725
  • Jamaica Kincaid 747
  • D.H. Laurence 763
  • Doris Lessing 785
  • C. S. Lewis 803
  • Naguib Mahfouz 825
  • André Malraux 845
  • Index 863
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