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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 30, 2006

President Saddened by Passing of Egypt's Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature Naguib Mahfouz

President Bush was saddened to learn of the passing of Egypt's Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature, Naguib Mahfouz. The writings of this extraordinary author of novels, short stories, and film scripts transcend all stereotypes and show the deepest insight into the lives of Egyptians and of all mankind. His work will introduce his beloved Egypt to Americans and to readers around the world for generations to come.

On behalf of the American people, the President and Mrs. Bush extend their deepest sympathies to Mr. Mahfouz's family and friends and to the Egyptian people for the loss of an extraordinary artist who conveyed the richness of Egyptian history and society to the world.

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