Naguib Mahfouz: The father of Arabic literature


naguib-mahfouzThe quotation “Events at home, at work, in the street- these are the bases for a story” was said by the famous Egyptian writer, Naguib Mahfouz.  Mahfouz is a well-known Egyptian novelist who won the Nobel Prize in 1988 for Arabic literature. His works are considered to be a revolution in the world of literary works. His writings are very symbolic and his novels are a pure representation of the Egyptian society. He is the father of Arabic literature.

Through his novels, he excelled in digging inside the human brain to analyze different behaviors and actions of human beings. He was also interested in the psychological impact of  social changes on ordinary people. Most of Mahfouz’s writings deal mainly with politics. He was influenced by socialist and democratic ideas throughout his works. Mahfouz contrasted between the merits and demerits of Islamic extremism in his first two novels, Old Egypt and Whisper of Madness.

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