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 Afghanistan. Regarding his date of birth, Mohammadi writes: “My father says that I was born in 1354 , it was midsummer. But in my identification card, they have written that I was 17 in 1375 [1996/1997], and in the refugee documents I had, they had written something else, and in my passport, another year… so I still don’t know when I was born; how many times can a man be born, really?” Mohammadi has written four short-story collections between 1999 and 2009. His second collection, The Red Figs of Mazar, was awarded the Golshiri Award in 2004. Mohammadi’s first novel, Sad, has just recently reached bookstores.
Anders Widmark (1973 - ) lives in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a PhD candidate at Uppsala University, Department of Linguistics and Philology. Besides teaching Persian and translating Persian/Dari/Pashto literature, he is working on a thesis with the working title Voices at the Borders, Prose on the Margins: Exploring the Contemporary Pashto Short Story in a Context of War and Crisis.