We are like a woman with a difficult pregnancy. We have to rebuild the social classes in Egypt, and we must change the way things were.

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I wake up early in the morning and walk for an hour. If I have something to write, I prefer to write in the morning until midday, and in the afternoon, I eat.

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I started writing while I was a little boy. Maybe it's because I was reading a lot of books I admired, and thought that I would like to write something like that someday. Also, my love for good writing pushed me.

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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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We are like a woman with a difficult pregnancy. We have to rebuild the social classes in Egypt, and we must change the way things were.

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At my age it is unseemly to be pessimistic.

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It is simply not part of my culture to preserve notes. I have never heard of a writer preserving his early drafts.

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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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I accepted the interviews and encounters that had to be held with the media, but I would have preferred to work in peace.

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The writer interweaves a story with his own doubts, questions, and values. That is art.

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I am practically in the employ of Mr. Nobel. I have to meet everyone he sends my way.

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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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We used the Western style to express our own themes and stories. But don't forget that our heritage includes The Thousand and One Nights.

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