Naguib Mahfouz | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Sasson Somekh

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of Naguib Mahfouz.
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Critical Essay by Sasson Somekh

SOURCE: Somekh, Sasson. “The Essence of Naguib Mahfouz.” The Tel Aviv Review 2 (fall 1989): 244-57.

In the following essay, Somekh explicates Mahfouz's vision of Egypt and the human condition as evinced in his short fiction.

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The Swedish Academy of Letters described the fiction of Naguib Mahfouz, the 1989 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, as “rich in nuance, now clearsightedly realistic, now evocatively ambiguous.” To this fairly informed characterization, the Egyptian novelist (according to the New York Times) reacted in his typically ambiguous, tongue-in-cheek fashion. “Clarity,” he said, “is valuable, but ambiguity sometimes has its value too.”

The fact is that the variety of Mahfouz's literary enterprise extends beyond both the realistic and the “evocatively ambiguous”. His rich literary...

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