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Afghanistan

Aman Mirzai

Aman Mirzai was born in Mashhad, Iran, in 1985, to a family of refugees from Mazar-e Sharif in Afghanistan. He has been writing poetry for seven years, and has won awards in many nationwide...

Mahmud Marhun

Mahmud Marhun is a translator, poet, and prose writer born in Kandahar in 1989 and now residing in Kabul.

Qanbar Ali Tabesh

Qanbar Ali Tabesh was born in 1969 in Sangshanda village near Ghazni in Afghanistan. He fled from the war in Afghanistan to Iran, where he settled in the city of Qom. He has a B.A. in Persian...

Zahra Hosseinzadeh

Zahra Hosseinzadeh was born in 1979 in Lal in Ghor Province, Afghanistan. She became a refugee before she learned to speak and now lives in Mashhad, Iran. She has a B.A. in Theology and is a...

Khan Mohammad Sind

Khan Mohammad Sind is a poet, prose writer, and journalist based in Kabul.

Parvin Faiz Zadah Malal

Parwin Faiz Zadah Malal is a poet and prose writer from Kandahar. In 1988 she left Afghanistan and moved to Pakistan; first to Peshawar and later to Karachi where she lives today. She has...

Asef Soltanzadeh

Mohammad Asef Soltanzadeh is a novelist and short-story writer. He was born 1964 in Kabul and in 1985 he migrated to Pakistan and later to Iran. When the deportation of Afghan refugees began in...

Pir Mohammad Karwan

Pir Mohammad Karwan is a poet and prose writer. He made his debut as a writer in 1993 with the poetry collection From Evening to Evening which since then has been followed up by two more...

Mohammad Hussain Mohammadi

Mohammad Hussain Mohammadi is a prose writer, literary scholar, and critic. He was born in Mazar-e Sharif but moved to Iran with his family at the age of seven. He recently returned to...

Zalmay Babakohi

Zalmay Babakohi is a writer and poet and the publisher of the magazine Zarnegaar, a Dari-language magazine published in Toronto, Canada.  He was born in 1951 in Mazar-e Sharif in...

Atiq Rahimi

Atiq Rahimi was born in Afghanistan in 1962, but fled to France in 1984. There he has become renowned as a maker of documentary and feature films, and as a writer. His novel, The Patience Stone...

Albania

Luan Starova

Luan Starova was born on the 14th of August, 1941 in Pogradec. He left Albania with his family and settled in Skopje (in what was then the Socialist Republic of Macedonia, one of the constituent...

Gentian Çoçoli

Gentian Çoçoli (b. 1972) is a poet and translator from Albania. He has published three collections of poetry, most recently Dheu njerėzor [Human Soil] (2006). He has translated...

Fatos Lubonja

Few have done more to struggle for and constructively criticize Albania's democracy than Fatos Lubonja, writer, editor of the quarterly journal Përpjekja [Endeavor], and representative...

Ismail Kadare

Ismail Kadare (b. 1936) is a highly regarded Albanian writer of fiction, poetry, and essays. Some of his most famous novels include The General of the Dead Army, Broken April, Chronicle in...

Ornela Vorpsi

Ornela Vorpsi was born in Tirana, Albania, in 1968. She left her home country at the age of 22 for Milan, where she lived for six years before moving on to Paris. She graduated from the...

Luljeta Lleshanaku

Luljeta Lleshanaku is one of Albania's foremost younger poets. Born in Elbasan in 1968, she grew up under virtual house arrest because of her family's opposition to the Stalinist...

Algeria

Rachid Boudjedra

Rachid Boudjedra was born in Aïn Béïda in 1941. He was schooled at the Collège Sadiki in Tunis and fought for the FLN during the War of Independence. Ever since his...

Souâd Belhaddad

Souâd Belhaddad was born in Algeria and grew up in France.  A journalist, she received the prestigious prize of the Association des Femmes Journalistes (Association of Women...

Mustapha Benfodil

Mustapha Benfodil was born in 1968 in Relizane, in western Algeria. He is a novelist and playwright, and works as a reporter at the Algerian daily newspaper El Watan. His books include...

Jean Sénac

Jean Sénac (1926–73) was a Francophone Algerian poet who published a number of poetry collections during his life, including Poèmes Illiaques, Avant-Corps, La Mythe de la...

Canan Marasligil

Canan Marasligil is a writer, screenwriter, editor, and literary translator, working mainly in French, English, Turkish, Dutch, and Spanish. Born in Istanbul (1979), and brought up in Brussels,...

Nawel Louerrad

Nawel Louerrad was born in 1981 in Oran, Algeria. After training as an architect, she studied theatrical design in Nantes, then theatrical studies in Montpellier. She returned to Algeria and...

Leïla Marouane

Leïla Marouane was born in Algeria in 1960 and has lived and worked in Paris since 1990. In addition to The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris, she is the author of four novels and one...

Boualem Sansal

Boualem Sansal was born in Algiers, Algeria, in 1949. Trained as an engineer with a doctorate in economics, he began writing novels at the age of fifty after retiring from his job as a...

Habib Tengour

Habib Tengour was born in 1947 in Mostaganem, Eastern Algeria, and raised on the Arab and Berber voices of marketplace storytellers. He has lived most of his life between Algeria and Paris....

Maïssa Bey

Maïssa Bey has published six novels and two story collections in France and Algeria. All await translation into English. Her Nouvelles d'Algerie (Grasset, 1998) won the Grand Prix de la...

Amara Lakhous

Amara Lakhous was born in Algiers in 1970. He has a degree in philosophy from the University of Algiers and another in cultural anthropology from the University la Sapienza, Rome. He recently...

Yasmina Khadra

Yasmina Khadra is the nom de plume of the former Algerian army officer Mohammed Moulessehoul. His newest book, The Sirens of Baghdad, will be published in May 2007. He is the author of six other...

Mounsi

Singer and novelist Mounsi was born in Algeria and sent as a child to live with his father in the industrial Parisian suburb, Nanterre. In borstal he discovered the poetry of François...

Mohammed Dib

Mohammed Dib is considered one of the founding fathers of North African Francophone literature. Born in western Algeria in 1920, he gained fame as a novelist with the publication of his...

Mohamed Magani

Mohamed Magani is the author of the novels La Faille du ciel, which won the Grand Prix Littéraire International de la Ville d'Alger; Esthétique de boucher; Un Temps berlinois;...

Angola

Valter Hugo Mãe

Valter Hugo Mãe (Portugal) has published seven books of poetry and three novels (most recently folclore íntimo); edited anthologies of the poets Manoel de Barros, José...

João Melo

João Melo is a writer, journalist, advertising executive, and professor. He was born in Luanda in 1955. He studied in Coimbra and Luanda and in Rio de Janeiro. A charter member of the...

José Eduardo Agualusa

José Eduardo Agualusa was born in Huambo, Angola, in 1960. For a number of years he lived in Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro, but has now returned to Angola. He is the author of The Book Of...

Ana Paula Tavares

Ana Paula Ribeiro Tavares was born in 1952 in Lubango, in the province of Huíla in the south of Angola. After primary and secondary school, she studied history at the local college and...

Ondjaki

Ondjaki was born in Luanda in 1977. His books include O Assobiador [The Whistler], Bom dia camaradas [Good Morning, Comrades], Quantas madrugadas tem a noite [How many Dawns has the Night], and...

Abdulrazak Gurnah

Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in Zanzibar in 1948 and now teaches literature at the University of Kent in England. His first novel, Memory of Departure, was published in 1987. In it the narrator...

Argentina

Diego Creimer

Diego Creimer studied cinematography and worked in TV and film production for eight years in his home country, Argentina. Since immigrating to Canada in 1999, he has earned degrees...

Hernán Vanoli

Hernán Vanoli (b. 1980) holds a doctorate in sociology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (with a dissertation on the operation of cultural capital in the small-press literary scene) and,...

Washington Cucurto

Washington Cucurto is the pseudonym of Santiago Vega, an Argentine poet, narrator and editor born in 1973 in Quilmes, a city in the province of Buenos Aires.  He is the author of several...

María Sonia Cristoff

Maria Sonia Cristoff (Trelew, Patagonia, 1965) teaches Creative Writing at the Escuela de Escritores branch of the University of Buenos Aires. Her literary works and criticism have been...

Francisco Solano López

Francisco Solano López (1928-2011) was one of the most important Latin American illustrators of his generation. Perhaps best known in the U.S. for his erotic comics, he illustrated a...

Héctor G. Oesterheld

Héctor Germán Oesterheld (born July 23, 1919; disappeared and presumed dead 1977) was an Argentinian journalist and comics writer. Considered the most important Latin American...

Horacio Castillo

Horacio Castillo (Ensenada, Argentina, 1934–2010) published eight books of poetry, as well as numerous volumes of Greek and Portugese poetry in translation. His own work has been...

Ángela Pradelli

Ángela Pradelli is an Argentine writer and a professor of Literature at the secondary school level, as well as Coordinator of the National Plan for the Province of Buenos Aires. She also...

Edgar Brau

Edgar Brau was born in Argentina. He worked as an actor, a stage director, a painter of icons, and a photographer before devoting himself to writing literature. He published his first book,...

María Negroni

María Negroni was born in Rosario, Argentina. She has published eleven books of poetry, three collections of essays, and two novels, as well as works in translation from French and...

Samanta Schweblin

Samanta Schweblin was born in Buenos Aires in 1978. Her first book, the short story collection El núcleo del disturbio, was awarded first prize by El Fondo Nacional de las Artes de...

Andrés Neuman

Andrés Neuman (1977) was born in Buenos Aires, where he spent his childhood. The son of Argentinian émigré musicians, he grew up and lives in Spain. He was included in...

Guillermo Martínez

Guillermo Martínez was born in Bahía Blanca, in Argentina, in 1962. In barely a decade he has become one of the most important writers of his generation. His book Los crimenes de...

Mempo Giardinelli

Mempo Giardinelli was born in Resistencia, Argentina, in 1947. A writer and journalist, he is the author of several novels, short story collections, and nonfiction books. He was also a founder...

Juan José Delaney

Juan José Delaney was born in Buenos Aires in 1954. He belongs to a large Irish-Argentine family and holds the chair in Twentieth-Century Argentinean Literature at the Universidad del...

Lúcia Bettencourt

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Lúcia Bettencourt is one of the most innovative and dynamic writers in Brazil today. Her first book, the highly acclaimed collection A secretária de...

Sergio Bizzio

Sergio Bizzio, born in Buenos Aires in 1956, is a novelist, poet, dramatist, scriptwriter and screenwriter. Author of a large oeuvre and considered ahead of his time by the critics, he has on...

Mercedes Roffé

Mercedes Roffé is one of Argentina’s leading poets. Widely published in Latin America and Spain, her poetry has also been published in translation in Italy, Quebec, Romania,...

Sergio Chejfec

Sergio Chejfec (Buenos Aires, 1956) has published twelve books of fiction, poetry, and essays since 1990. While living in Caracas, Venezuela from 1990 to 2005, he was the editor of Nueva...

Juan Forn

Juan Forn was born in Buenos Aires in 1959. After publishing his first arid only book of poetry in 1979, he traveled to Europe, and upon his return to Buenos Aires he began working in the...

J. Rodolfo Wilcock

Born in Buenos Aires, Juan Rodolfo Wilcock (1919–78) was a member of the circle of innovative writers that included Jorge Luis Borges. Later self-exiled in Rome, Wilcock became a leading...

Liliana Heker

Liliana Heker was born in Buenos Aires in 1943. She began her professional writing career at seventeen with the support of Abelardo Castillo; her first short story "Los juegos" (1960)...

Liniers

Liniers is Ricardo Siri's second name. Born in Buenos Aires in 1973, Liniers began his career making fanzines. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Spirou, La Mano, and other magazines he...

César Aira

A prolific novelist, playwright, essayist and translator, César Aira has published around forty novels, as well as short stories, essays and plays. He is one of the most important authors...

Raquel Garzón

Raquel Garzón (Córdoba, Argentina, 1970) is a poet and journalist. Thanks to five books, Crucigramas (1987), Cataclismos (1989), Poemas Grises (1991), Riesgos de la noche (2001)...

Guillermo Saavedra

Guillermo Saavedra (Buenos Aires, 1960) is a poet, editor, literary and theater critic, and cultural journalist. His books include the poetry collections Caracol (Último Reino, 1989),...

Ana María Shua

Ana María Shua has earned a prominent place in contemporary Argentine fiction with the publication of over forty books in nearly every literary genre: novels, short stories, short short...

Rodolfo Walsh

Rodolfo Walsh is one of the most important Argentinean writers of the second half of the twentieth century. He is considered a canonical writer in Argentina and elsewhere in Latin America, where...

Fernando Sorrentino

Fernando Sorrentino, born in Buenos Aires in 1942, was a great admirer of Borges. He published--first in Spanish, then in English in Clark Zlotchew's English translation--what is considered...

Alberto Manguel

Alberto Manguel was born in Buenos Aires in 1948 and grew up in Israel, where his father was the Argentine ambassador. As a teenager, he befriended Jorge Luis Borges, who frequented the bookshop...

Silvina Ocampo

Silvina Ocampo (1903-1993) published eight books of poetry and eight of stories, in addition to other works, notably the Antología de literature fantástica that she edited with her...

Edgardo Cozarinsky

Edgardo Cozarinsky was born in Buenos Aires in 1939 and has lived in Paris since 1974. Best known for his subtle, semidocumentary films, he has also written a previous collection of short...

Alicia Dujovne Ortiz

Alicia Dujovne Ortiz was born in Buenos Aires and has lived in Toulouse, France, since 1978. She is a journalist and the author of several volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including...

Maria Fasce

Maria Fasce was born in Buenos Aires in 1969. She has worked as an editor and translator into Spanish from English, French, Italian, and Portuguese. As a journalist she has contributed reviews...

Ernesto Sábato

Ernesto Sábato was born in Rojas, in the province of Buenos Aires, in 1911. He obtained a doctorate in physics and philosophy from the Universidad de La Plata and worked in the Curie...

Ricardo Piglia

Ricardo Piglia (b. 1940) is Argentina's leading novelist and one of Latin America's most important contemporary thinkers and writers. His novels have been translated into English,...

Juan José Saer

Juan José Saer was born in Serodino/Santa Fe in 1937, the son of Arab immigrants. He studied law and philosophy and from 1962 taught at the Santa Fe Instituto de Cinematografía. He...

Graciela Speranza

Graciela Speranza was born in Buenos Aires in 1957. She is a translator and professor of Argentine literature at the University of Buenos Aires. She has published several books of conversations...

Tomás Eloy Martínez

The writer and journalist Tomás Eloy Martínez was born in Tucumán, Argentina, in 1934. As a young man he won various prizes for his poems and short stories. He has published...

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