Mahi Binebine was born in Marrakech in 1959. He studied in Paris and taught mathematics, until he became recognized first as a painter, then as a novelist. Between 1994 and 1999 he lived in New York, where his paintings began to be acquired by the Guggenheim Museum. He now lives in Marrakech with his family.
Lulu Norman is a writer, translator, and editor who lives in London. She has translated Albert Cossery, Mahmoud Darwish, Tahar Ben Jelloun, and the songs of Serge Gainsbourg and written for national newspapers, the London Review of Books, and other literary journals, in particular Banipal, the magazine of modern Arab literature, where she is an editorial assistant and regular contributor. Her first book translation, Mahi Binebine’s Welcome to Paradise (Granta, 2003) was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and her translation of Binebine’s Horses of God (Granta, Tin House 2013), won an English PEN award, was selected for World Literature Today’s "Seventy-five Most Notable Translations," shortlisted for the BTBA and the IMPAC, and also and runner-up for the Scott Montcrieff Prize. Her cotranslation with Ros Schwartz of Tahar Ben Jelloun's About My Mother comes out in October with Saqi Books.