Yusuf Idris

Novelist, Author

1927 – 1991

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Who was Yusuf Idris?

Yusuf Idris, also Yusif Idris was an Egyptian writer of plays, short stories, and novels. Idris was born in Faqous. He originally trained to be a doctor, studying at the University of Cairo. He sought to put the foundations of a modern Egyptian theatre based on popular traditions and folklore, his main success in this quest was his most famous work, a play called "Al-Farafeer" depicting two main characters: the Master and the "Farfour" [=poor layman]. For some time he was a regular writer in the famous daily newspaper Al-Ahram. It is known that he was nominated several times to win the Nobel prize for literature.

From the English edition of The Cheapest Nights: "While a medical student his work against Farouk’s regime and the British led to his imprisonment and suspension from College. After graduation he worked at Kasr el Eini, the largest government hospital in Egypt. He supported Nasser’s rise to power but became disillusioned in 1954 at the time when his first collection of stories The Cheapest Nights was published . . Yusuf Idris’ stories are powerful and immediate reflections of the experiences of his own rebellious life. His continuing contact with the struggling poor enables him to portray characters sensitively and imaginatively."

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Born
May 19, 1927
Al Sharqia Governorate
Also known as
  • Yusif Idris
  • Yūsuf Idrīs
Parents
Children
Nationality
  • Egypt
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor's degree, Cairo University
    Medicine
Died
Aug 1, 1991
London

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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