Arabic Literature
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Jan  1997
144 pp.
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13.5X21 cm
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ISBN 978 977 424 406 3
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Echoes of an Autobiography

Naguib Mahfouz
Translated by Denys Johnson-Davies
Foreword by Nadine Gordimer

This collection of short and pithy passages comprises a personal and reflective commentary on situations and events that have lodged themselves in Naguib Mahfouz’s memory and influenced him in some way. He considers, with characteristic wry good humor, the myriad perplexities of existence, including his preoccupation with old age, death, and life’s transitory nature.
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Naguib Mahfouz was born in 1911 in the crowded Cairo district of Gamaliya. He wrote 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 died in Cairo on August 30, 2006 at the age of 94. Denys Johnson-Davies has produced more than thirty volumes of translation of modern Arabic literature, including The Essential Tawfiq al-Hakim (AUC Press, 2008), The Essential Yusuf Idris (AUC Press, 2009), and The Essential Naguib Mahfouz (AUC Press, 2011). He was described by Edward Said as “the leading Arabic–English translator of our time.” Johnson-Davies received the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in 2007 for Personality of the Year in the Field of Culture

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