Egyptian writer Safinaz Kazem to sell her book collection for EGP 1mln

Egyptian writer Safinaz Kazem announced on her Facebook account on Sunday that she is putting her entire book collection on sale for one million Egyptian pounds ($32,000).

Her Facebook post read “for those who care and are capable… my entire book collection is up for sale for one million pounds.” She also said that she made her decision whilst fully conscious.

Some of her followers suggested she keeps her book collection for her daughter the Egyptian writer Nawara Negm. Kazem, however, refused her follower’s advice.

Kazem was born on the 17th of August in 1937 in Alexandria, Egypt. She is currently 86 years old and she was married to Egypt’s beloved poet Ahmed Fouad Negm.

She studied journalism in the faculty of arts in Cairo University and got her bachelor’s degree in 1959. She also holds a master’s degree in theatre criticism from New York University in 1966.

From her most famous writings is The Bagdad Diary which she published in 1982 to document the atrocities committed by Saddam Hussein’s regime.


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