Events at home, at work, in the street - these are the bases for a story.
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I believe society has a right to defend itself, just as the individual has the right to attack that with which he disagrees.
I started writing while I was a little boy. Maybe it's because I was reading a lot of books I admired, and thought that I would like to write something like that someday. Also, my love for good writing pushed me.
In Egypt today most people are concerned with getting bread to eat. Only some of the educated understand how democracy works.
I consider Khomeini's position dangerous. He does not have the right to pass judgment-that is not the Islamic way.
The Arab world also won the Nobel with me. I believe that international doors have opened, and that from now on, literate people will consider Arab literature also. We deserve that recognition.
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