CAIRO: Prominent Egyptian novelist, story writer and critic Edward al-Kharrat passed away Tuesday at age 89 after a long illness, Youm7 reported.
His funeral will be held Tuesday in Cairo-based Kasr Al-Dobara Church and he will be buried in Alexandria’s Borg al-Arab cemetery.
Al-Kharrat was born in Alexandria to a Coptic Christian family in 1926; he graduated from the Faculty of Law at Alexandria University in 1946. In 1950, he was jailed over belonging to a left-wing political movement and was released in the same year, according to Al Jadid Magazine.
He started his literature career via writing short stories; the first collection Hitan Alya (High Walls) in 1958. One of his greatest novels is Rama and the Dragon that published in 1980; it depicts a dialogue between a woman and a man and represents different Greek, Pharonic, and Islamic eras. His novels include “The Other Time;” “The Railway Station;” “Ribs of the Desert;” “and Girls of Alexandria.”
Al-Kharrat won the State Prize for Fiction in 1973, the Franco-Arab Friendship Prize in France in 1991, the Al-Owais Award for Fiction in 1994/1995, the Cavafis Award Greek Studies in 1998, and the Naguib Mahfouz Award for Fiction of the American University of Cairo in 1999.