The Arab world also won the Nobel with me. I believe that international doors have opened, and that from now on, literate people will consider Arab literature also. We deserve that recognition.

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There are no heroes in most of my stories. I look at our society with a critical eye and find nothing extraordinary in the people I see.

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The Nobel Prize has given me, for the first time in my life, the feeling that my literature could be appreciated on an international level.

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I defend both the freedom of expression and society's right to counter it. I must pay the price for differing. It is the natural way of things.

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It's clearly more important to treat one's fellow man well than to be always praying and fasting and touching one's head to a prayer mat.

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At my age it is unseemly to be pessimistic.

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I was reading a lot of books I admired, and thought that I would like to write something like that someday.

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If the urge to write should ever leave me, I want that day to be my last.

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If you want to move people, you look for a point of sensitivity, and in Egypt nothing moves people as much as religion.

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One effect that the Nobel Prize seems to have had is that more Arabic literary works have been translated into other languages.

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God did not intend religion to be an exercise club.

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Events at home, at work, in the street - these are the bases for a story.

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I was suffering from a peculiar and persistent sense that I was being pursued, and also the conviction that under the political order of the times, our lives had no meaning.

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