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CAIRO, Aug 15, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz, 95, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1988, was hospitalized after falling and injuring his head.

He was admitted to the hospital July 19 and remains in intensive care, the BBC reported.

A hospital official speaking on condition of anonymity said, "Despite improvement to some vital signs, including reduction of blood acid percentage, normal blood pressure and increase of oxygen in the blood, his condition remains unstable."

Mahfouz wrote the "Cairo Trilogy" about the Islamic district of Cairo where he was born. He is one of the most popular writers and one of the most prominent intellectuals in the Middle East, having published more than 50 novels, short story collections, essays, plays, newspaper columns, memoirs and political writings, BBC said.

Several of his works have been published in 25 languages, including "Palace of Desire," "Children of Gebelawi" and "Adrift on the Nile."


Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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