Naguib Mahfouz was born in 1911 in the crowded Cairo district of Gamaliya. He has written nearly 40 novel-length works, plus hundreds of short stories and numerous cinema plots and scenarios. He was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1988. He now lives in the Cairo suburb of Agouza with his wife and two daughters. Raymond Stock is the translator of Naguib Mahfouz's Voices from the Other World (AUC Press, 2002) and Khufu's Wisdom (AUC Press, 2003).
"YNaguib Mahfouz is not only a Hugo and a Dickens, but also a
Galsworthy, a Mann, a Zola, and a Jules Romains." -- The London
Review of Books
"[Naguib Mahfouz] is not only a Hugo and a Dickens, but also a Galsworthy, a Mann, a Zola, and a Jules Romains." -- The London Review of Books"Mahfouz's work is freshly nuanced and hauntingly lyrical. The Nobel Prize acknowledges the universal significance of his fiction." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review"Naguib Mahfouz virtually invented the novel as an Arab form. He excels at fusing deep emotion and soap opera." --The New York Times Book Review"Naguib Mahfouz is the greatest writer in one of the most widely understood languages in the world, a storyteller of the first order in any idiom." -- Vanity Fair"Throughout Mahfouz's fiction there is a pervasive sense of metaphor, of a literary artist who is using his fiction to speak directly and unequivocally to the condition of his country. His work is imbued with love for Egypt and its people, but is also utterly honest and unsentimental." -- The Washington Post