I thought they would never select an Eastern writer for the Nobel. I was surprised.

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We are passing through a very sensitive time, and on the whole, this country is facing very big problems.

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My countrymen have the right to shake my hand and talk to me if they so wish. Don't forget that their support and their reading of my works is what brought me the Nobel prize.

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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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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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I've never worked in politics, never been a member of an official committee or a political party.

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According to Islamic principles, when a man is accused of heresy, he is given the choice between repentance and punishment.

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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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As the tension eases, we must look in the direction of agriculture, industry and education as our final goals, and toward democracy under Mr Mubarak.

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My wife thought I deserved it, but I always thought the Nobel a Western prize.

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I thought they would never select an Eastern writer for the Nobel. I was surprised.

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Winning Nobel imposed on me a lifestyle to which I am not used and which I would not have preferred.

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At my age it is unseemly to be pessimistic.

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