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Despite his lifelong dedication to the short story, Naguib Mahfouz’s reputation stems chiefly from the many novels he has produced over his lengthy career, notably the Cairo Trilogy (1956-1957). He has also been an important influence in the Egyptian cinema, having written the screenplays for many films drawn from Arabic novels, including some of his own works. He is the author of several short plays, some of which have been performed on stage. He has also written the nonfiction work Asda’ al-sirah al-dhatiyah (1995; Echoes of an Autobiography, 1997).

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