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Biography of Gamal EL-GHITANI

Egypt > Literature : Gamal EL-GHITANI

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Born on 09/05/1945 (format : day/month/year)

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Gamal el-Ghitani born ( May 9, 1945) is an Egyptian , novelist, short story writer and journalist, was born in Sohag, upper Egypt, in 1945. He wrote his first story in 1959 at the age of 14. Born into a poor family, Ghitani was apprenticed as a child with a carpet maker, and later worked in one of the Khan el-Khalili factories. In 1969 he moved to the news desk of Akhbar el-Yawm, a leading Egyptian daily. Today, he is editor of the influential literary weekly Akhbar el-Adab.

He was one of the founders of "Gallery 68", the literary magazine which soon became the mouthpiece of the writers of his generation.

In 1969, al-Ghitany began his career as a journalist at the Akhbar al-Youm daily newspaper, for which he reported as a correspondent from the Yom Kippur war fronts in 1973. He also travelled to regions at war in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon, before being ordered to stop his work by Egypt’s President Sadat. Al-Ghitany published a biography of Naguib Mahfouz in Beirut in 1980. In the same year, he was awarded the Egypt’s State Prize for Novels, a Merit of Science and Arts – First Degree.

In 1985, he became head of the cultural section of the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper, where he had his own column. Al-Ghitany also supervised the Akhbar al-Youm newspaper’s monthly book section. In 1987, he was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. He is chief editor of the Egyptian literary weekly Akhbar al-Adab [Literature News Newspaper], a position which he has held since 1993. Al-Ghitany publishes texts by incriminated authors in the journal, so far without hindrance by official censors.

Al-Ghitany’s books have been published in many languages, including English, French, German, and Hebrew.
l-Ghitany has lectured at numerous universities world-wide, and has participated in many international conferences.

Ghitani received many awards during his career, to name a few; State Merit Novel Award, Knight of French Legion of Honour, Arab-French Friendship Awards for his novel Risalat Al Basa’er Fi Al Masa’er.
Some of his Literary works

Last update : 07/24/2009

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