Reem Bassiouny wins Naguib Mahfouz Award for Best Egyptian Novel
On May 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Reem Bassiouny has won one of the most prestigious awards in our Arab world; being announced by Egypt’s Supreme Council for Culture as the winner of “Naguib Mahfouz Award” for Best Egyptian novel for her bestselling novel “Awlad El Nas – The Mamluks Trilogy”. The novel was published by Nahdet Misr in 2018, and has been a best seller since its launch.

Being an author and a historian, Reem presents us with a masterpiece that sheds light on the history of the Mamluks in Egypt since the time of Sultan Al-Nasir ibn Qalawun till the Ottoman’s empire prevalence in Egypt.

In her novel, Reem describes, in the most eloquent and charming way, the life during this era with its different scenes; the social, political and historical. The novel features an intertwined three tales; each focuses on a separate historical period, and at the same time brings to life enchanting stories of love, adventure, power struggles, social diversities and human endurance. One of the elements that remains key in Reem’s three stories; is Al Sultan Hassan mosque, a massive masterwork with an exceptional and innovative architecture that still lies in the heart of Cairo.

Through love, sadness and hope “Awlad El Nas” takes us in an exciting journey throughout an era that we know so little about and gives us a new perspective on our old Cairo.


About the Author:

Reem Bassiouny is an Egyptian author and professor of sociolinguistics, currently teaching at the American University in Cairo. She has written several novels and a number of short stories and won the 2009 Sawiris Foundation Literary Prize for Young Writers for her novel “Dr. Hanaa”. While a substantial amount of her fiction has yet to be translated into English, her novel “The Pistachio Seller” was published by Syracuse University Press in 2009, and won the 2009 King Fahd Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies Translation of Arabic Literature Award.

Bassiouny’s other novels include: “A Tour Guide”, “Love on the Arabic Way” and “Wonderful Things”


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