Diaries (1964-1968) and Manuscript Fragments

Waguih Ghali was a Coptic, Anglophone Egyptian writer, best known for his novel Beer in the Snooker Club (1964). Fearing political persecution, Ghali spent his adult years living in exile in Europe. Waguih Ghali writes critically and compellingly about what has come to be known as the post-colonial condition. His writings reflect a distinctly cosmopolitan vision.

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  • Ghali Diary Notebook 3 (13 October 1965 - 8 September 1966) 

    Ghali, Waguih, d. 1969 (1965)
    This file contains the third volume of Waguih Ghali’s diary begun in Rheydt, West Germany, on 13 October 1965. Ghali describes suffering from severe depression in the closing months of 1965, and contemplates suicide. He ...
  • Ghali Diary Notebook 1 (24 May 1964 to 27 March 1965) 

    Ghali, Waguih, d. 1969 (1964)
    This file contains the first diary Waguih Ghali kept while living in Rheydt, West Germany between 24 May 1964 and 11 February 1965. During that time Ghali was employed by the British Army Royal Pay Corps. As a result, he ...
  • Ghali Diary Notebook 6 (29 January 1968 - 26 December 1968) 

    Ghali, Waguih, d. 1969 (1968)
    This file contains the sixth and final diary notebook composed by Waguih Ghali, beginning on 29 January 1968. The transcript of his BBC radio broadcast about his visit to Israel is published in The Listener in January 1968. ...
  • Ghali Diary Notebook 4 (26 September 1966 to 25 April 1967) 

    Ghali, Waguih, d. 1969 (1966)
    This file contains the fourth diary notebook, composed while Waguih Ghali was living in London as a guest in the home of Diana Athill between 26 September 1966 to 25 April 1967. Ghali starts this diary during a trip to ...
  • Ghali Diary Notebook 5 (11 May 1967 - 3 January 1968) 

    Ghali, Waguih, d. 1969 (1967)
    This file contains Waguih Ghali’s fifth dairy notebook. It was composed while he resided in London between 11 May 1967 and 3 January 1968. Ghali’s attentions turn toward Middle East politics following the Arab-Israeli war ...
  • Ghali Unfinished Manuscript “Ashl A” 

    Ghali, Waguih, d. 1969
    This file contains a fragment of a manuscript left unfinished at the time of Ghali’s death. The fragment is undated. It contains four pages of typescript and 37 handwritten pages. Set in an unidentified West German city ...
  • Ghali Unfinsihed Manuscript “Ashl B” 

    Ghali, Waguih, d. 1969
    Like “Ashl A,” this file contains a fragment of a manuscript left unfinished at the time of Ghali’s death. The file contains 34 handwritten pages and includes an editing note dating from October 1967. This fragment portrays ...
  • Ghali Diary Notebook 2 (13 April 1965 to 11 October 1965) 

    Ghali, Waguih, d. 1969 (1965)
    For the duration of this diary notebook, running from 13 April 1965 to 11 October 1965, Waguih Ghali continues to reside in Rheydt, West Germany. He regularly complains in these pages about his life in Rhyedt and contemplates ...
  • Letter 10 from Waguih Ghali to Diana Athill on November 6, 1963 

    Ghali, Waguih (1963-11-06)
    Ghali harshly refers to a woman who is romantically interested in him and goes on to a long explanation of why he does not understand passion because he thinks love is just like a mathematical formula that necessitates ...
  • Letter 03 from Waguih Ghali to Diana Athill 

    Ghali, Waguih
    Ghali seems to be in good spirits due to great weather and a new job in Scotland. He is going to start working for the British Army as a typist/translator. He plans to work there for a while, but does not want to go to ...

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