Naguib Mahfouz was not only one of the best Arab writers, certainly, but also one of the best writers of the 20th century.
I'm currently reading fiction of the Middle East, as a way of understanding what is happening there. In addition to 'In the Eye of the Sun' and 'Beirut Blues,' I am adding to the list Mahfouz's 'Children of Gebelawi,' in honor of his passing.
Rest in peace. Thank you for your wonderful books.