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The Nobel Prize in Literature 1988

Prize motivation: "who, through works rich in nuance - now clear-sightedly realistic, now evocatively ambiguous - has formed an Arabian narrative art that applies to all mankind"

Born: 11 December 1911, Cairo, Egypt

Died: 30 August 2006, Cairo, Egypt



Translations into English Midaq Alley / translated from Arabic by Trevor Le Gassick. – Cairo : The American University in Cairo Press, cop. 1966 God’s World : an Anthology of Short Stories / transl. with an introd. by Akef Abadir and Roger Allen. – Minneapolis : Bibl. Islamica, 1973 Mirrors : a novel / transl.…


Award ceremony speech

  Presentation Speech by Professor Sture Allén, of the Translation from the Swedish text Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Ladies and Gentlemen, On the Nobel Day, 10th December, 1911, received that year’s Nobel Prize in Literature from the hands of King Gustavus V here in Stockholm. On the following day Naguib Mahfouz was born in…


Press release

Swedish Academy The Permanent Secretary Press release October 13, 1988 The Nobel Prize in Literature 1988 Through the Swedish Academy’s decision this year the Nobel Prize in Literature has for the first time been awarded to an Egyptian. Naguib Mahfouz was born and lives in Cairo. He is also the first literary Nobel Prizewinner with…



Arabic Excerpt from Midaq Alley (Zuqaq al-Midaq) Excerpt from Zuqaq al-Midaq Copyright © 1947 by Naguib Mahfouz Reprinted by arrangement with the American University in Cairo Press.



Born in Cairo in 1911, Naguib Mahfouz began writing when he was seventeen. His first novel was published in 1939 and ten more were written before the Egyptian Revolution of July 1952, when he stopped writing for several years. One novel was republished in 1953, however, and the appearance of the Cairo Triology, Bayn al…



Interview with Naguib Mahfouz by writer and journalist Mohamed Salmawy in March, 2006. Mohamed Salmawy: What did you feel when you knew you had won the Nobel Prize for Literature? Naguib Mahfouz: I felt extreme happiness as well as great astonishment. I never expected to win the prize. During my time Nobel was awarded to…



  Excerpts from Naguib Mahfouz at Sidi Gaber – Reflections of a Nobel Laureate, 1994-2001. This celebratory volume was published at the occasion of Naguib Mahfouz’ 90th birthday, and is a collection of conversations between the author and his friend Mohamed Salmawy, Egyptian writer and journalist. Introduction In the early evening of Friday, 14 October…



by Anders Hallengren “I am the son of two civilizations that at a certain age in history have formed a happy marriage. The first of these, seven thousand years old, is the Pharaonic civilization; the second, one thousand four hundred years old, is the Islamic civilization.” – Naguib Mahfouz, Nobel Lecture The Arabic Renaissance and…