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Who was Ahmed Khaled Towfik? Google Doodle honours late Egyptian author

Today's Google Doodle celebrates what would have been Towfik's 57th birthday

Google Doodle on June 10, 2019 celebrates Egyptian author Ahmed Khaled Towfik. Google
Google Doodle on June 10, 2019 celebrates Egyptian author Ahmed Khaled Towfik. Google

Today's Google Doodle is celebrating the life of Egyptian science-fiction writer Ahmed Khaled Towfik.

Towfik, who was one of the best-selling authors in his genre, left more than 500 books to his name following his death in 2018.

Born in Tanta, Egypt, Towfik started writing at the early age of 10, but only started publishing his novels at 32.

Egyptian author Ahmed Khalid Towfiq's series of book will be adapted into a new Netflix drama. Sarah Dea / The National
Towfik died on April 2, 2018. Sarah Dea / The National

One of his most prominent books is Utopia, a story set in a futuristic and exclusive gated community in Egypt where over-privileged kids hunt impoverished “Others” who live beyond the gates for sport, bringing back limbs as trophies. The book was translated into five languages from its original Arabic.

Most recently, Netflix announced that it will be producing an Arabic original series called Paranormal based on Towfik's book series Ma Waraa Al Tabiaa, with Egyptian producer and Cairo International Film Festival president Mohammed Hefzy and young director Amr Salama, who released the critically acclaimed drama Sheikh Jackson last year.

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Updated: June 10, 2019 12:21 PM

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