Naguib Mahfouz Day: Teaching, Translating, Memories, and More

The prize he helped fund, and which is named for him, is now in its twenty-second year, and will be announced later today. 

If You’re in NYC, Let’s Go to ‘Mahfouz at the Movies’

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 callejĂłn 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’

Can You Ace the Mahfouz Quiz?

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?

How I Met Naguib Mahfouz: ‘He’s Always Been in My Life’

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’

Sotheby’s Withdraws Mahfouz Archive from Today’s Auction

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

Q&A with Naguib Mahfouz Biographer Raymond Stock: On the Author’s Life, Archives

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 Note: Sotheby's has withdrawn the Mahfouz materials from tomorrow's auction.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