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Egyptian Author Ihsan Abdel Kouddous Celebrated in Google Doodle

Journalist, novelist, and author Ihsan Abdel Kouddous is remembered for his acclaimed storytelling.

Cairo Scene

Today, Google Doodle is celebrating one of the region’s most prolific twentieth-century journalists, scriptwriters, novelists, and authors, Ihsan Abdel Kouddous. While Kouddous was born on January 1st, 1919, and passed away on January 12th, 1990, Google is commemorating the author on January 4th because that was the date when the English translation of his globally-acclaimed novel, ‘I Do Not Sleep’, was first published.

Kouddous wrote his first short story when he was only 11, but pursued a law degree as a young adult. He was a strictly practicing lawyer until 1944 when he started writing in ‘Roz Al Yusuf’, a magazine headed by his mother, Rose al-Yusef, before officially moving to Al-Akhbar newspaper. 

Over a decade later, Kouddous had written multiple film scripts, published various short stories and novels, and become Editor-in-Chief of Al Ahram Newspaper. Many of his novels were turned into films and TV series, including ‘La Totfe’ El Shams’, ‘Abi Fawq Al Shajarah’, ‘Al Raqesa Wa Al Seyasy’, ‘Embratoreyet Meem’, and ‘La Anam’.