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Daughter of Naguib Mahfouz Donates 257 Books to His Museum

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Daughter of Naguib Mahfouz Donates 257 Books to His Museum
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Mariam Nowar

(Image credit: Daily News Egypt)

On the 14th of July of last year, the Naguib Mahfouz Museum opened in Muhammad Bek Abul-Dahab Complex, Gammaliya, where Mahfouz was born and raised until he was seven years old. The two-storey museum houses a library of research on the works of the late writer, certificates he obtained, along with personal belongings, such as handwritten papers and translated work, according to State Information Service.

(Via Daily News Egypt)

The latest addition to the valuable collections is 257 books and manuscripts donated by his daughter, Um Kolthoum. This comes as part of the governmental efforts by the Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem, to offer a comprehensive display of Mahfouz’s belongings. According to Daily News Egypt, Um Kolthoum had previously also donated his desk and the Nobel Prize for Literature that he received in 1988.

Not only was Mahfouz the first Arab writer to win the award, he also published more than 30 novels and 350 short stories, along with movie scripts and opinion columns during his accomplished career. His most famous books include Children of Gebelawi, Midaq Alley, The Cairo Trilogy, The Harafish, Miramar, and many more that were adapted into films.