The prize he helped fund, and which is named for him, is now in its twenty-second year, and will be announced later today.
"While Mahfouz’s opinions are often considered to be obscured in his fiction writing, here we gain an extraordinarily clear insight into his personal views – views which helped shape his novels."
Most recently -- less than a month ago, in late November -- Mahfouz made news when crank MP Abul Maaty Mustafa said, at a parliamentary debate, that "Naguib Mahfouz deserves punishment" for "violating public decency."
"Naguib Mahfouz didn′t want his early essays salvaged from out-of-print journals, dusted off and collected in an anthology."
"In a curious NYTimes 'Bookends' piece this July, Francince Prose argues that Naguib Mahfouz should be added to 'the' canon."
Nine years have passed since Egypt's literary Nobel laureate died.
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.
This week in NYC, visit the MoMA for a glut of Naguib Mahfouz movies. They're showing eight different Mahfouz-inspired films from Egypt and Mexico, the earliest being Darb al Mahabil (1955) and the most recent El callejón de los milagros (1995). (Check the calendar.) Last month, I spoke with playwright, journalist, novelist, and head of the Egyptian … Continue reading If You’re in NYC, Let’s Go to ‘Mahfouz at the Movies’
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 … Continue reading Can You Ace the Mahfouz Quiz?
Guest post by Gada Mahfud Dhiem Cairo, Egypt is where my father got his Agriculture BSc from Cairo University. My Father was lucky enough to be in Cairo at the golden age of Arabic literature, and I envy him the ability to be one of the first people to pick up Naguib Mahfouz’s books as … Continue reading How I Met Naguib Mahfouz: ‘He’s Always Been in My Life’
For those who have not looked below, please note that Sotheby's issued this statement last night: “While it is clear that Sotheby’s consignor had purchased the Mahfouz manuscripts from a member of Naguib Mahfouz’s family, other family members have within the last hour issued a challenge to that purchase. Sotheby’s takes title issues very seriously … Continue reading Sotheby’s Withdraws Mahfouz Archive from Today’s Auction
This is a follow-up to 5 Thoughts from Raymond Stock on Translating the Master. Stock, who has been working on a biography of Naguib Mahfouz, expressed an interest in publishing today to air his knowledge about and connection with the contested Mahfouz archives. Note: Sotheby's has withdrawn the Mahfouz materials from tomorrow's auction. They issued this statement: "While … Continue reading Q&A with Naguib Mahfouz Biographer Raymond Stock: On the Author’s Life, Archives