On the same day Egypt will celebrate the June 30 revolution, the Naguide Mahfouz Museum will be opened to the public in the presence of veteran writer Yusuf Al-Qaid, head of the Cultural Development Fund Dr. Fathi Abdel Wahab, and the head of the Civil Coordination Authority Mohammed Abu Saada.
Naguib Mahfouz was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. He is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature. He published 34 novels, over 350 short stories, dozens of movie scripts, and five plays over a 70-year career. Many of his works have been made into Egyptian and foreign films.
Minister Inas Abdel Dayem, Egypt’s Minister of Culture examined the museum this week at the Tkeit Abu el-Dahab building in Al-Azhar district in preparation for its opening.
"What has been achieved is a source of pride for all Egyptians, as it embodies the nation’s belief in preserving its soft power through recognizing its prominent writers throughout history." Abd El Dayem declared.
The Naguib Mahfouz Museum consists of two floors. The first hosts halls for seminars, a visual/sound library, a public library and a library for critical research, including the most important studies conducted on the work of Naguib Mahfouz.
The second floor includes certificates obtained by the late writer and his personal belongings, such as clothing, glasses, pens, papers and letters, with some papers written in his own handwriting. The same floor also comprises the hall of literature, which holds Naguib Mahfouz’s oeuvre in their old and new prints, along with all the writer’s translated works next to a cinema hall and several other halls.