Prominent Egyptian Novelist Sabri Moussa, 1932-2018

Read: Moussa’s   “Thee Son, the Father and the Donkey,” translated by Denys Johnson-Davies and Anna Lillios. After graduation, he worked as a teacher for two years before he left to work as a journalist. Mikhail and published by Interlink. He also helped found   Sabah el-Kheir   magazine and won a number of Egyptian state literary prizes. Prominent Egyptian novelist and scenarist Sabri Moussa — whose   Seeds of Corruption   was on the Arab Writers Union’s list of the “top 105 novels” of the twentieth century — died Thursday:
Moussa was born in Damietta, Egypt in 1932 and studied painting. He launched his writing career in the 1950s, and published short-story collections, novels, and travel books, as well as writing the screenplays for a number of popular Egyptian films, including adaptations of two of Yahia Haqqi’s novels to the screen. He wrote just three novels: the science fictional   The Lord Arrived from the Spinach Field,   Seeds of Corruption,   and The Half-meter Incident. Scholar Ada Barbaro has said she considers Moussa the “father of the dystopic novel” in Arabic fiction for his The Lord Arrived from the Spinach Field. His   Seeds of Corruption   was translated by   Mona N.  


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