Egyptian author and physician, Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, passed away Monday, April 2nd, at a hospital in Cairo from a long-term illness. Known to many as the godfather of Egyptian horror fiction, the beloved writer penned more than 200 books in his fifty-five years, including the critically acclaimed Utopia.
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Tawfik was a pioneer of Egyptian literature, introducing the country to underrepresented genres such as science fiction, horror, and fantasy. He is also credited as the first author to take on the medical thriller genre. Despite rejections from publishers and doubts surrounding the themes of his work, Tawfik persisted, and eventually gained a huge following in his native country. He is now considered to be one of the most influential authors in the Arab world.
Basically, this man spent his life breaking down doors, inspiring a generation of younger writers after him — he won’t soon be forgotten.
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