Novels by Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz prove popular at Riyadh book fair

Novels by Naguib Mahfouz, who won the 1988 Nobel Prize in Literature, sold well at the Riyadh International Book Fair. (AFP)
Updated 20 March 2018
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Novels by Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz prove popular at Riyadh book fair

LONDON: Novels by Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz garnered a lot of interest at the Riyadh International Book Fair 2018 this week.

The pavilion of Dar El-Shorouk, one of the most recognized names in independent publishing and book sales in Egypt, showcased more than a thousand publications at the fair.

The publishing house said that the works of Mahfouz were the best sellers at the pavilion.

Mahfouz published 34 novels, over 350 short stories, dozens of movie scripts and five plays over a 70-year career. Possibly his most famous work, “The Cairo Trilogy,” depicts the lives of three generations of different families in Cairo from World War I until after the 1952 military coup that overthrew King Farouk.

Mahfouz was awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize in Literature, the only Arab writer to have won the award. Shortly after winning the prize Mahfouz was quoted as saying: “The Nobel Prize has given me, for the first time in my life, the feeling that my literature could be appreciated on an international level. The Arab world also won the Nobel with me.”

Mahfouz passed away, at the age of 94, in Egypt, in 2006.

Among his bestselling books at the Riyadh fair were “Bayn Al-Qasrayn” aka The Palace Walk; “The Harafish”; “Awlad Haretna” aka Children of Gebelawi; “Tharthra Fawq el-Nile” aka Chitchat on the Nile.


King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

Updated 44 min 21 sec ago
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King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

  • The man said he and his family can’t financially afford to perform Hajj
  • He was welcomed by the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia

DUBAI: King Salman has invited an Indonesian man, who is reportedly 140 years old, and his family to perform Hajj, the Saudi embassy in Jakarta said on Wednesday.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy mosques invites elderly Indonesian man and his family to perform Hajj,” the embassy tweeted.

The centenarian sent his appeal to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a video, asking the Saudi rulers to invite him and his daughters to perform Hajj for the first time, as they were unable to afford it on their own.
Social media users shared his video, in which he and two of his daughters explained their situation in Arabic

The man was hosted by Saudi ambassador to Indonesia Esam Al-Thagafi in Jakarta, who broke the good news to him.
The Saudi rulers saw the video and Hajj authorities will take care of their travels and necessities, Al-Thagafi told the man and his family.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims should aim to perform the ritual at least once in their lifetime.