Nawal El Saadawi is a world-renowned writer. She is a novelist, a psychiatrist, and the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction. She writes in Arabic and lives in Egypt. Her novels and her books on the situation of women have had a deep effect on successive generations of young women and men over the last five decades. Nawal El Saadawi has been awarded several national and international literary prizes, lectured in many universities, and participated in many international and national conferences. In May 2009, in New York, she presented the Arthur Miller Lecture at the PEN World Voices International Literary Festival. Her works have been translated into more than thirty languages all over the world, and some of them are taught in a number of universities in different countries.
Chip Rossetti is a doctoral student in Arabic literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked as an acquiring editor at a number of publishers, including Little, Brown, Basic, and the American University in Cairo Press, and is now the managing editor for the Library of Arabic Literature translation series at NYU Press. He has written for Saudi Aramco World, Fodor’s, and National Geographic’s travel guides to Morocco and Egypt. He has translated the novels Saint Theresa and Sleeping with Strangers by Bahaa Abdelmeguid (AUC Press) and Utopia by Ahmed Khaled Towfik (Bloomsbury Qatar), and won a PEN Translation Prize for his translation of a collection of short stories by the Egyptian writer Mohamad Makhzangi.