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 Iran in 2002, Soltanzadeh was forced to leave and moved to Denmark. He has published five short-story collections between 2001 and 2008. We Disappear in Flight (2000/2001) and The Deserter (2007) have been awarded the prestigious Golshiri Award. In 2009 Soltanzadeh published Eden’s Hell, a novel in two volumes.
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.