Egypt most popular poet Abnudi dies aged 76

Abdel Rahman el-Abnudi has died after a life struggle with illness, at age of 76 years old on Tuesday.

EL-Abnudi was born in 1938, is a popular Egyptian poet, and more recently a children’s books writer.

He was one of a generation of poets who wrote their work in the Egyptian dialect rather than in Classical Arabic, the standard literary language. This literary stance was associated with a militant political engagement: Abnudi and other writers of this school sought to make their literary production part of the process of development and movement towards popular democracy in Egypt.

He was formerly the husband of short movie director Attiyat El Abnoudy, but, presently married to Nehal Kamal and was the father of two children, Nour and Aya.

One of his most famous works was Al-Mawt ‘ala al-asfalt (Death on the Asphalt) that named in the top 100 African books of the 20th century at the 2001 Zimbabwe International Book Fair.