Mohammad Ali Diriye was born in Somalia, and has studied in Saudi Arabia and in Sudan. He is a medical doctor, and is now Chief Resident at the Jordan University Hospital, Family Medicine Department. Beside his medical career, he is also a short story writer and a novelist, as well as the Chief Editor of a monthly Somali magazine published in Arabic. He has published a collection of narratives and short stories in Arabic, One way to Caracas (Dubai, Madarek Publishing House, 2011), and he has won several literary awards, including the sixth Sharjah Literary Prize for a novel which will be published soon.
Xavier Luffin is a Professor of Arabic Literature at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). He has translated several novels, short stories, poems, and dramas from Arabic into French. His published translations include novels by Ahmad al-Malik and Amir Tagelsir (Sudan), Rachid Daif (Lebanon) and Samir Naqqash (Israel-Iraq), as well as Nawal el-Saadawi’s drama, Isis. He has also translated Vamba Sherif’s novel Bound to Secrecy. His academic research focuses on the representations of Africans in Arabic Literature as well as on the Arabic literature of Africa. He is now preparing a book in English about the representations of African-Americans in the Arabic Fiction.