For The Week magazine he named five favorite foreign novels.
One title on the list:
The Day the Leader Was Killed by Naguib MahfouzRead about the other books on the list.
The Nobel Prize–winning novelist has written dozens of internationally renowned books. But this compact novella, which chronicles the lives of a middle-class family in Cairo in the years leading up to the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, remains as timely a story today as it was when Mahfouz wrote it in 1985.