Naguib Mahfouz, a Bibliography: Arabic, English, French

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Naguib Mahfouz, a Bibliography: Arabic, English, French
Matti Moosa
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 Reviewed work(s): Naguib Mahfouz, a Bibliography: Arabic, English, French by Ragai N. Makar The interest of scholars and readers in the literary work of Naguib Mahfouz predates the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988. By the 1950s Mahfouz was recognized as one of the prominent writers in the Arab world. The Nobel Prize, however, catapulted him into worldwide fame and his works have been translated into several foreign languages. A prolific writer, Mahfouz' literary output includes more than thirty novels, short stories, anthologies and plays. His voluminous novel, al-Thulathiyya (Trilogy) translated into English and published by Doubleday testifies to the interest of the English speaking world in the works of Mahfouz. Ragai N. Makar, Head, Middle East Library, University of Utah, has compiled a substantial bibliography of Mahfouz' literary works. The bibliography includes an introduction and is divided into three parts. The first, in Arabic, is comprehensive and includes Mahfouz' novels, with first and last printings, short stories arranged according to their dates of publication, short plays, dramatized works, films based on his works, articles written by Mahfouz, interviews arranged alphabetically, literary criticism of Mahfouz' works and articles, and chapters in books. The second part, in English, contains Mahfouz' works translated into English, dissertations, and miscellaneous literary studies on Mahfouz. The third part, in French, contains Mahfouz' works translated into French. It should be noted that Makar's bibliography has been preceded by another useful one compiled and published by the periodical Alam al-Kitab (January, February-March, 1990). However, to the best of our knowledge Makar's bibliography is more comprehensive. Ragai N. Makar should be commended for the great service he has done by compiling this useful bibliography. We hope that in a few more years Makar will make a comparable effort to update it. Some remarks on the bibliography are in order. The author states that the interviews, pp. 17-20, are arranged alphabetically. Upon careful reading we find that some of them are arranged according to authors and others to titles. Also, the author includes book reviews in the sections on literary criticism of Mahfouz' works, pp. 21-26. It would have been more useful if the author had provided the page numbers of published articles to facilitate research. These inadvertent slips should not affect the value of this most useful bibliography or the admirable effort of its compiler. COPYRIGHT 1992 American Oriental Society 

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