Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006) was born in the crowded Cairo district of Gamaliya. He graduated in philosophy from King Fuad University in 1934, and went on to write nearly forty novel-length works, plus hundreds of short stories and numerous screenplays. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988.
'Mahfouz's use of a conversational style...his narrative charm, and his easy-going humor about growing up keep the reader completely engaged.' -- Mary Whipple Seeing the World Through Books 20090821