"The year's judges are Tahia Abdel Nasser, Shereen Abouelnaga, Humphrey Davies, Rasheed El-Enany, and Mona Tolba."
"From my window the sand made lustrous by the moonlight is clear and close as if its surface has risen toward me. The light of the moon carries the sand almost to meet me."
"Its mastery is in its slow, meticulous, stagnant narration, but it is a stagnation that serves a purpose and is the writer's means to evoke the boring empty life devoid of any form of self-fulfillment led by this unhappy imam."
"During the 1970s, when my father was in his mid-forties, he announced to me his fear that the numbers of men of religion would diminish."
This year’s panel of judges is made up of scholars and translator-scholars: Tahia Abdel Nasser, Shereen Abouelnaga, Mona Tolba, Humphrey Davies, and Rasheed El-Enany.
Today, Hammour Ziada became the first Sudanese author to win the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for his novel "The Longing of the Dervish."
At 6 p.m. Cairo time, the winner of the 2014 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature will be made public.
This year's Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature has been awarded to Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa for his 'No Knives in the Kitchens of this City' (2013).
This evening, the 17th Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature will be awarded on this, the 102nd anniversary of his birth. Until then, have some cake, read a little, enjoy the party.
Today, on the 101st anniversary of Naguib Mahfouz's birth, Egyptian author Ezzat El Kamhawi's novel بيت الديب (House of al-Deeb) won the 2012 medal given in the Mahfouz's name. El Kamhawi, who was born in Sharqiya and currently lives in Qatar, has published several short-story collections and four novels, including City of Delight (1997), A Room Overlooking the Nile (2004), … Continue reading Ezzat El Kamhawi’s ‘House of al-Deeb’ Wins 2012 Naguib Mahfouz Medal
Syrian novelist Khalil Sweileh's Writing Love (2008) was the surprise winner of the 2009 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature. The book, trans. Alexa Firat, is out in English as of this summer. In it, Sweileh attempts to say something new about love by constructing a circular book-about-writing-a-book that examines the nature of literature and passion. … Continue reading Khalil Sweileh’s ‘Writing Love’
This marks a big shakeup of the awards committee, which is a good thing both for those who stepped down -- and can thus focus on other things -- and for the award, which who knows, might turn up a different sort of book.