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Sonallah Ibrahim



Biography

Sonallah Ibrahim is an Egyptian novelist and short story writer. One of the "Sixties Generation," Ibrahim is known for his leftist and nationalist views which are often expressed rather directly in his work. His novels, especially his most recent ones, often incorporate many excerpts from newspapers, magazines, and other political sources as a way to enlighten readers about certain political or social issues. Because of his political opinions, Ibrahim was imprisoned in the 1960s. His imprisonment is featured in his first book, a collection of short stories called That Smell, one of the first writings in Egyptian literature to adopt a modernist tinge. His latest book, Memoirs of the Oasis Prison, returns to the same theme. In keeping with his political ideas, Ibrahim recently refused to accept a prestigious literary award worth 100,000 Egyptian pounds from Egypt's Ministry of Culture.
Sonallah Ibrahim