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Veteran writer Anis Mansour succumbs to pneumonia at 87
Mansour, best known for his novel Around the World in 200 Days and his daily column in Al-Ahram newspaper, passed away on Friday in Cairo
Sherif Tarek, Friday 21 Oct 2011
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Anis Mansour dies at 87

The writer and columnist, Anis Mansour, has passed away aged 87.

The Mansoura-born journalist was pronounced dead at El-Safa Hospital shortly after being admitted to an intensive care facility suffering from pneumonia on Friday.

His funeral service is to be held on Saturday at the Omar Makram Mosque.

Throughout his career, Mansour wrote a multitude of varied books, some of which were among the bestsellers of the past four decades in Egypt.

One of his most famous and successful books was Around the World in 200 Days. Published in the 1960s, it chronicled his travels in many countries, such as India, Japan and the USA, and his meeting with the Dalai Lama.

Some of his books looked at metaphysical phenomena and powers, such as the alleged curse of the pharaohs.

Mansour scooped numerous literary accolades. In 1981, he won the State Award for Literature, administered by the Supreme Council of Culture. Twenty years later, he claimed the Mubarak Award for Literature.

Mansour graduated from the philosophy section of the Faculty of Arts at Cairo University.

For a while, he taught philosophy at Ain Shams University and his philosophical studies clearly had an effect on his writing.

Not only was Mansour a prominent author, but also an influential journalist. He worked for the two largest state-run newspapers, Al-Akhbar and Al-Ahram, spending the second half of his professional career at the latter.

In his final days, Mansour was still writing a daily column for Al-Ahram as well as El-Sharq El-Awsat (Middle East) newspaper.

During his journalistic career he was editor-in-chief of several renowned publications, including October and Akher Sa’aa magazines.

In the 1970s he was a close friend and supporter of President Anwar Sadat and his policies, a relationship reflected in many of his columns.

 





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nour tarek
04-12-2011 07:43pm
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anees mansour
god bless anees mansour
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Omar Hazzaa
25-10-2011 02:07pm
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RIP
Every day I get a hold on AL Ahram newspaper..Leaf through the pages, then here comes my favourite column of Anis Mansour,..Such a unique blend of poetry and philosophy is what separates Anis mansour from the others. He was a league of his own..His comprehension was second to none..No one could ever fill the vacuum he left.. His articles was food for thought.. Thank you for the depth you gave us on many levels in life..It is a such an honour to be one of many who were influenced by your articles , and even change the way we interpret things.. We will truely miss your insights ...RIP
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Shaheir aboul magd
23-10-2011 05:38pm
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Anis Mansour
It is a huge loss for the world of literature and also on a personal level. He was my favourite writer and I have read his articles and books on a daily basis over the past thirty years at least. I will miss him terribly.
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amany
23-10-2011 11:40am
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GOD FORGIVE HIM
GOD FORGIVE HIM, HE IS THE LAST OF THE GREATEST,HE IS NOT JUST A WRITTER HE IS ANALYST ,AND AS HE KNOWS LANGUAGES HE COULD CONVEY WHAT WE CAN NOT KNOW OR READ , i WONDER WHY ALL TITLES CARRY HIS AGE , DOES IT MEAN THAT IS ENOUGH TO LIVE ANY MORE , FOR THOSE ARE FOOL STOP
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Ahmed M Ibrahim
22-10-2011 01:33pm
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Anis Mansour
It was my privilege to meet him in his office, while he was the Editor in Chief of "October" magazine in 1984. I was deeply impressed by his knowledge of German and Italian literature. His death is a terrible loss to Arabic language and literature.
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