A Naguib Mahfouz Tribute in The Library of Alexandria
In honor of Naguib Mahfouz and the full translation of his literary creation into Spanish, the Narrative Laboratory of the library of Alexandria held a Hispanic-Egyptian forum to reflect on his previous work. The forum was joined by Maricel Bea and Montse Bea who helped in summoning the Spanish attendees for the event. Galaxia Group is proud to be responsible for organizing the trip’s itinerary.
The event was moderated by the Director of the Laboratory of Narrative, Munir Utaiba, who highlighted how Naguib Mahfouz is considered one of the foremost writers in modern Arabic literature. His thirty-five novels, fifteen collections of short stories, twenty-five film screenplays, and numerous critical works makes him the only Arab writer to have been awarded the Nobel Prize. His chef-d’oeuvre: “The Cairo Trilogy” (1956-57); “Midaq Alley”, “The Beginning”, “The End” and “Palace Walk” deeply described the Egyptian identity and its eccentricity.
In the same manner, former Tourism counselor of Egypt in the USA and Spain, Hamdy Zaki, highlighted the effect of Mahfouz’ work on both narrative and cinema worlds as the Egyptian cinema has changed dramatically after the transformation of his novels into blockbusters such as “ Midaq Alley” and “Beginning and End” which were later turned into Mexican productions played by international actors such as Salma Hayek. Mahfouz’s work reflects the war between good and evil, justice and injustice, corruption and patriotism in the Egyptian society. Zaki added that Mahfouz’s Nobel Prize in Literature 1988 was well deserved and if there were a Nobel Prize for modesty and morality, he definitely would’ve won one.
At the end of the seminar, the Governor of Alexandria, Abdelaziz Kunswa spoke about the universal effect Mahfouz’s work had on the whole world as his work created an Arabian narrative art that applies to all man-kind; he also highlighted that this event is another great indicator of the strong Spanish-Egyptian relations.