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. Nancy Roberts (trans.) is the translator of Mohamed El-Bisatie's Over the Bridge (AUC Press, 2006) and Salwa Bakr's The Man from Bashmour (AUC Press, 2007) for which she received a commendation in the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Translation.