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Naguib Mahfouz

October 24, 1988
Thank the literary stars and bless the heavens. Proper recognition, long overdue, has finally been bestowed upon Naguib Mahfouz, the highly talented Egyptian novelist. With the presentation of the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Nobel committee has taken a giant step forward in acknowledging the richness of Egyptian, and, especially, Arabic literature, which has been alive and well for centuries, but virtually ignored abroad, particularly in the United States. In 1981, I received a research grant from USC and the Department of Education to travel to Cairo.
October 21, 1988
In the article by Garry Abrams, "Nobel for Arab a Reminder of a Wider Literary World" (Oct. 14), he mentions a number of bookshops that did not carry the works of this year's literature winner, Naguib Mahfouz. I use each year's Nobel winner as a new reading list, and each year make a search-and-destroy attack on the Los Angeles bookstores. When Wole Soyinka won I found most of his books at the Aquarian Bookshop; last year when Joseph Brodsky won I found two of his books at B. Dalton and Book Soup; this year, after an extensive search of L.A. bookstores I found two of Mahfouz's books at the Bodhi Tree, and a whole selection of them in Santa Monica at the Midnight Special Bookstore.
December 9, 1988 | From Reuter
Naguib Mahfouz, the Nobel literature laureate, has pledged to give a quarter of his $390,000 prize to charity. Mahfouz, 76, said at a news conference Thursday that he would divide the cash equally between his wife, his two daughters and himself. He said his wife and daughters would bank their shares, and added: "As for me, God willing, I will donate it to charities."
May 4, 1989
Egyptian Nobel literary laureate Naguib Mahfouz said Islamic extremists have vowed to kill him for blasphemy in a threat similar to that made by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini against Salman Rushdie. "Police have offered me protection after Muslim extremists announced their intention to kill me," Mahfouz told reporters. "I refused because police protection could disturb my life and disrupt my day-to-day habits." Mahfouz, 77, sharply criticized Khomeini, Iran's leader, when he urged Muslims to kill Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses."
October 16, 1994 | Reuters
Egyptian police have arrested the man they believe stabbed and wounded the country's best-known novelist, Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz, security sources said today. Mahfouz, 82, had an operation on Friday after the man, apparently a Muslim militant, stabbed him in the neck outside the writer's Cairo apartment. Doctors say his condition is now good.
October 16, 1994 | Reuters
Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the Nobel prize for literature in 1988 and the only Arab ever to receive the honor, was stabbed and seriously wounded Friday outside his home in a Cairo suburb. The motive for the attack on the 82-year-old Egyptian author was not clear but police said they suspected Muslim militants, some of whom once declared Mahfouz an infidel and put him on their hit list.
August 31, 2006 | John Daniszewski, Special to The Times
Naguib Mahfouz, the cafe denizen who became the first Arab author to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature -- for novels that evoked the scent, color and texture of life in the streets of his native Cairo -- died Wednesday. He was 94. Mahfouz had been hospitalized in the Egyptian capital since taking a fall in July. He died after suffering a bleeding ulcer, his doctors told news services.
October 14, 1988 | GARRY ABRAMS, Times Staff Writer
When the world's most prestigious literary prize went to an Egyptian Thursday, it lifted hopes that Arab literature--considered a vital social force in the Middle East--will gain a broader audience in the West. But it also served as a reminder that the Nobel Prize for Literature often goes to writers who for various reasons are unknown in America.
October 14, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Naguib Mahfouz of Egypt, an Arabic storyteller who chronicled the search for human values from the Nile Delta of the Pharaohs to the back alleys of modern Cairo, Thursday was awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. Mahfouz, 77, the first Arab writer to win the award in its 87-year history, has been compared to Charles Dickens for his vivid portrayals of poverty. One book of his was banned in Egypt, and another attacked former President Gamal Abdel Nasser's domestic and pan-Arabist policies.
August 26, 1990 | CHARLES SOLOMON
Although Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz is regarded as the premier novelist of the Arab world, little of his work is known in the West. Originally published in 1965, this newly translated novel focuses on the moral failure of the Egypt intelligentsia after the overthrow of King Farouk. The central character, Omar al-Hamzawi, has lost all commitment to the ideals he espoused as a young man.
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