Mahfouz is dead, long live Mahfouz
Sadly, Mahfouz has passed. It's the end of an era.
Mahfouz's work-- his novels and plays (and teleplays and screenplays)-- have made a huge impact on Egyptian and Arab society. Decades before the Nobel, his first award came from Out el-Kouloub, an aristocrat and author herself. One of his last published stories, Room No. 12, is a timeless piece about corruption and society. Allah yerhamu.