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The Mahfouz Dialogs records the memories, views, and jokes of Naguib Mahfouz on subjects ranging from politics to the relationship between his novels and his life, as delivered to intimate friends at a series of informal meetings stretching over almost half a century. Mahfouz was a pivotal figure not only in world literature (through being awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1988 he became the first writer in Arabic to win a mass audience), but also in his own society, where he vastly enhanced the image of the writer in the eyes of the public and encapsulated as the victim of a savage attack on his life by an Islamist in 1994 - the struggle between pluralism, tolerance, and secularism on the one hand and extremist Islam. Moderated by Gamal al-Ghitani, a writer of a younger generation who shared a common background with Mahfouz (al-Ghitani also grew up in medieval Cairo) and felt a vast personal empathy for the writer despite their sometimes different views, these exchanges throw new light on Mahfouz's life, the creation of his novels, and literary Egypt in the last half of the twentieth century.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Feb 11, 2008
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774161270 ISBN13 9789774161278
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More About Gamal Al-Ghitani & Humphrey Davies
Gamal Al-ghitani was born in 1945 and educated in Cairo. He has written 13 novels and 6 collections of short stories. He is currently editor-in-chief of the literary review Akhbar al-adab
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Memories, views, and jokes of Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006), winner of the Nobel prize for literature May 6, 2008
The Mahfouz Dialogs collects memories, views, and jokes of Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006), winner of the Nobel prize for literature, the first writer in Arabic to earn a mass audience, and a target of fundamentalist assassins in his elder years, in part for daring to voice such beliefs as "No blasphemy harms Islam and Muslims so much as the call for murdering a writer" in response to the fatwa to murder author Salman Rushdie. Touching on topics ranging from politics to the connection between Mahfouz's novels and his life to human idiosyncracy, The Mahfouz Dialogs is garnered from informal meetings between Mahfouz and his intimate friends over the course of nearly half a century. Moderated by novelist Gamal al-Ghitani and skillfully translated into English by Humphrey Davies, The Mahfouz Dialogs is a "must-read" for anyone seeking to understand this pioneering and influential author. Highly recommended.