Born December 11, 1911 in Cairo, Egypt, Naguib Mahfouz was a civil servant from 1934 until 1971. In his free time, he wrote short stories and novels in Arabic. His major work, The Cairo Trilogy (Palace Walk, Palace of Desire and Sugar Street), follows three generations of Cairo families from WWI to the 1950s. Mahfouz wrote more than 45 books and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988.
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