Naguib Mahfouz, whose novels about the struggles of workaday Egyptians drew worldwide acclaim and made him the only Arab to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1988, died of complications from a bleeding ulcer Wednesday in Cairo. He was 94.Via Seattle Times and Silverfish.
What a sad day. I haven't even got to reading his copy of Respected Sir, Wedding Song, The Search that I got for free from Kinokuniya back in May.
More Mahfouz links at The Elegant Variation.