Winning Nobel imposed on me a lifestyle to which I am not used and which I would not have preferred.
An allegory is not meant to be taken literally. There is a great lack of comprehension on the part of some readers.
In Egypt today most people are concerned with getting bread to eat. Only some of the educated understand how democracy works.
I was reading a lot of books I admired, and thought that I would like to write something like that someday.
There are no heroes in most of my stories. I look at our society with a critical eye and find nothing extraordinary in the people I see.