Naguib Mahfouz
English edition  
January  2008
120 pp.
Hardbound
15X23 cm
$22.95
LE100
ISBN 9789774161254
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The Last Station

Naguib Mahfouz Looking Back Mohamed Salmawy
Translated by Andy Smart
Nadia Fouda-Smart

Reflections on a long literary life

In July 2006, at the age of 94, Naguib Mahfouz, the grand old man of Egyptian novels and winner of the Nobel prize for literature in 1988, was admitted to hospital after an apparently minor fall sustained in his home in Cairo. Among the few friends allowed regular visits to Mahfouz’s hospital bedside was the writer Mohamed Salmawy, former colleague at Al-Ahram newspaper and, following the failed assassination attempt in 1994 when Mahfouz had lost the full use of his right hand, an assistant in recording Mahfouz’s late creative output. The Last Station, Mohamed Salmawy’s intimate journal of Naguib Mahfouz’s final weeks, sparkles with reminiscences of joyful times together and significant events from the great writer’s life. Even for those less familiar with the writings of Naguib Mahfouz, it portrays the closeness of two writers from different generations and celebrates the life of an incomparable artist.
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Mohamed Salmawy is a leading Egyptian playwright and journalist and a longtime friend of Naguib Mahfouz. He is the president of the Egyptian Writers Union. English-born Andy Smart and Egyptian Nadia Fouda-Smart lived in Cairo for many years, where they established their own publishing house before moving to London.

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