Naguib Mahfouz Biography
Birthday: December 11, 1911 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Cairo, Egypt
Naguib Mahfouz was a respected Egyptian novelist and writer regarded as one among the pioneer contemporary writers of Arabic Literature. Naguib Mahfouz was the first Arab writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988. He had begun writing at the young age of 18 and went on to pursue this interest until his death. Naguib Mahfouz started his literary career with short stories and journals, however, later began writing novels and this gained him international recognition. His works were originally in Arabic and were later translated into English, French and German. Majority of Naguib Mahfouz’s works presented his views on the monarchy system prevalent in Egypt in ancient times, colonialism and present-day Egypt. It predominantly dealt with social issues concerning political captives and women. His blunt narrative style led to severe outrage from religious groups and subsequent banning of certain works. During his lifetime, he published more than 350 short stories, 34 novels, 5 plays and a couple of scripts.