EGYPT: AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT
NON-EGYPTIAN WRITERS WRITING ABOUT EGYPT

We are compliling a series of short articles about both native Egyptian writers and non-Egyptian writers writing about Egypt. Our selection includes unfamiliar names and award-winning authors.

ELIZABETH PETERS

read the feature: "Elizabeth Peters - and her aliases"

CHRISTIAN JACQ

read the feature: "Christian Jacq"

AGATHA CHRISTIE

read the feature: "Agatha Christie in Egypt"

EGYPTIAN AUTHORS

GAMAL AL-GHITANI

Gamal Al-Ghitani has been awarded both the Egyptian National Prize for Literature, and the French Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In between, this energetic Egyptian novelist founded and became editor-in-chief of Akhbar Al-Adab (a literary Arabic weekly newspaper)

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NAGUIB MAHFOUZ

Naguib Mahfouz was Egypt's First Winner of the Nobel Prize For Literature (1988 ) and has also won Egypt's 'National Prize for Letters' and the 'Collar of the Republic' (Egypt's highest decoration).

RAMSES WISSA WASSEF

Ramses Wissa Wassef was much more than an architect and professor of art and architecture at the College of Fine Arts in Cairo. He was a man of vision who believed that art is innate in everyone and can flourish in spite of the deadening influence of mass production. He founded the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Center to teach young Egyptian villagers how to create art and tapestries.

AHDAF SOUEIF

Ahdaf Soueif is an Egyptian novelist and political and cultural commentator. She was born in Cairo in 1950 and educated in Egypt and England. She has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and other awards.

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