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

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.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.