About the Author
Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006) was born in the crowded Cairo district of Gamaliya. He wrote nearly 40 novel-length works, plus hundreds of short stories and numerous screenplays. He was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1988. Aida Bamia (trans.) is professor emerita of Arabic language and literature at the University of Florida at Gainesville. She is the translator of Papa Sartre by Ali Bader (AUC Press, 2009).