Adieu Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz is no more. He passed away on August 30, 2006 at the age of 94. Mahfouz, was the first Arab writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. For decades he held the torch of humanism in  Egypt and beyond. His writings were vibrant and cheerful like the alleys of old Cairo bringing all the facets of Cairo alive. Most of his novels were set within the1,000-year-old Islamic quarter of Cairo where he lived all his life wading through the crowded alleys and passing by the majestic mosques. But Cairo was only a symbol – a great one at that – for the world and its contradictions.

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Published in: on September 1, 2006 at 5:42 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Dear Raza,
    Thanks for leaving kind words in my Pakistan Paindabad website. It has been a pleasant expereince to browse through your website. I’m also thrilled to know that you have spent time in Delhi. Please tell me more about yourself. You may like to write to me at my e-mail address.

    Besides, I’m happy to come across a fellow Mehfouz lover. I do not think I can live without the Cairo trilogy.

  2. Many thanks, MAS
    Indeed we will get to know each other via the blogosphere…this is just the beginning.
    Yes I have visited Delhi a few times and love its ambience…you cannot escape the magic of history and heritage.

    Your kind words about my blog are equally appreciated..

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