Egyp­tian writer Louis Greiss dies aged 90

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Egyp­tian writer and critic Louis Greiss passed away on Sun­day at the age of 90 af­ter a long bat­tle with ill­ness, ac­cord­ing to state-run me­dia out­let EgyNews.

Greiss was born in 1928 in As­siut, Up­per Egypt. He grad­u­ated from the Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Cairo, where he stud­ied jour­nal­ism and lit­er­a­ture.

He wrote sev­eral short sto­ries that were a huge suc­cess in the world of lit­er­a­ture, in­clud­ing “Hob w Re­mal” (Love and Sands) and“Haza MaYah­doth Lel Nas” (This is What Hap­pens to Peo­ple).

He was the first and only Egyp­tian au­thor to in­ter­view the Ar­gen­tinian Marx­ist rev­o­lu­tion­ary Che Gue­vara; Makar­ios III, the first pres­i­dent of Cyprus; and Fidel Cas­tro, the Cuban rev­o­lu­tion­ary politi­cian who led the coun­try for over three decades.

Greiss held sev­eral crit­i­cal po­si­tions as a jour­nal­ist; he was a mem­ber of the Supreme Coun­cil of Jour­nal­ism, and a mem­ber of the Cen­sor­ship on Artis­tic Works.

He was the hus­band of the late Egyp­tian artist Sanaa Gamil.They were well known for the pas­sion­ate love story they shared for years.Af­ter Gamil died in 2005, Greiss would reg­u­larly com­mem­o­rate her birth­day through screened doc­u­men­taries that fea­tured dif­fer­ent parts of her life and long ca­reer.

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