For those who are still celebrating Mahfouz’s 100th birthday, I have an eight-question quiz over at Al Masry Al Youm/Egypt Independent, and, at Your Middle East, a review of The Essential Naguib Mahfouz, ed. Denys Johnson-Davies, among other things.

The first quiz question:

As a young boy, Mahfouz was a fan of detective and adventure novels, including the works of Hafiz Najib and a British historical novelist who inspired Mahfouz’s early, pharaonic works. Who is that British novelist?:

Was it Dickens? Pope? Kent? Scott? Go on; take the quiz.

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