Nobel Prize Laureate Author. Born in Cairo, Egypt, he published more than 30 novels, short stories, plays, newspaper columns, essays, travelogues, memoirs and political analyses. In 1988, he was the first and only Arab to win Nobel Prize for literature. His most acclaimed works include "Midaq Alley," "Old Egypt," "Whisper of Madness," "Khan al-Khalili," The Cairo Trilogy: "Bayn al Qasrayn," "Qasr al Shawq," "Sukkariya" (Palace Walk, Palace of Desire and Sugar Street) "Children of Gebelawi," "The Beggar," "Small Talk on the Nile" "al-Karnak," "Love and the Veil," "Akhenaten, Dweller in Truth" and "Fountain and Tomb," among many others. He received the State Recognition Award in Literature, Decoration of Republic of the 1st Order and the Collar of the Nile which is the highest order in Egypt. In 1994, Mahfouz was stabbed in the neck by Islamist militant angered by his work and from that moment, he practically lived secluded. He died in his birthtown.
Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni