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UPDATED: 19:13, December 11, 2006
Palestinian female novelist granted Naguib Mahfouz medal in Cairo
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A Palestinian female novelist was awarded here on Monday the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for this year, Egypt's MENA news agency reported.

Sahar Khalifa was granted the prize for her novel "Image, Icon & Old Era", which was given by the American University in Cairo to commemorate the late famous Egyptian writer and Nobel laureate, the report said.

At a press conference, Khalifa said writing is an incarnate expression to reflect human being itself and reality and also a way of putting down feelings of love and hatred on paper.

"Writing occupation is yet another story," she added, noting that it helped convey the deep sense of the land and occupation scripts are ever changing.

Khalifa's "Image, Icon & Old Era" highlights the spiritual atmosphere of Jerusalem and the suffering and frustration of the Palestinian people.

Mahfouz, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1988, died in Cairo on Aug. 30 at the age of 95.

Source: Xinhua

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