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The Humanity of Naguib Mahfouz

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Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz is arguably the most celebrated Arabic novelist of the 20th century.  His work explores Egypt?s ancient origins, as well as its contemporary landscape and culture.  Mahfouz passed in 2006, after writing more than 40 volumes of fiction, including the Big Read selection, The Thief and the Dogs. In the following clip, we'll hear from Mahfouz's dear friend, writer Mohamed Salmawy, biographer Raymond Stock, and fellow Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer on his invaluable contribution to the arts and to society.  It's no secret that powerful literature---as Gordimer eloquently notes---can unite people from different backgrounds, different mindsets.

[audio:http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//audio/MahfouzImpact.mp3]

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To hear the entire The Thief and the Dogs audio guide, please check out The Big Read website.

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