Ibrahim Abdel Meguid as Literary Bard and Dostoevsky’s Great Grand-nephew


Egyptian novelist Ibrahim Abdel Meguid (b. 1946) is one of the most-laureled Arabic novelists of his generation. He talked with Ahmed Salah Eldein about his literary past, the books he most loves, and what people ask about at Western literary events (hint: it’s terrorism):

By Ahmed Salah Eldein 

Photo tweeted out by the author. https://twitter.com/ibmeguid/status/428507482852315136 Photo tweeted out by the author.

Ibrahim Abdel Meguid has won, or been a finalist, for nearly every major Arabic literature prize. He’s won the Sawiris Prize, the Egyptian State Prize for Literature, the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, the Katara Prize, and has been longlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (2014, Clouds over Alexandria).

Four of his novels have been translated into French and five into English. Among these, three were translated by the towering scholar-translator Farouk Abdel Wahab — Birds of Amber, No One Sleeps in Alexandria, and The Other Place. One was translated…

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