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Sudan

Adil al-Qassas

Adil al-Qassas began to write short stories in the early 1980s, but was not able to publish them until 1985, after the collapse of an oppressive military dictatorship.  His...

Nagi Al-Badawi

Nagi Al-Badawi is a Sudanese writer who leads an active literary career. Along with several poems and literary essays published in local and regional magazines, Al-Badawi has published a...

Najlaa Eltom

Najlaa Eltom is a Sudanese writer and translator. In addition to numerous translations, Eltom published her first collection of poetry, The Doctrine of Thinness, in 2007; a second poetry...

Sabah Babiker Ibraheem Sanhouri

Sabah Babiker Ibraheem Sanhouri was born in 1990 in Khartoum, Sudan. Her prizewinning story "Isolation" was made into a short film by Jordanian director Burhan...

Amir Tag Elsir

Amir Tag Elsir is a Sudanese writer born in the north of Sudan in 1960 who currently lives in Doha, Qatar.  He has published two biographies, a poetry collection, and ten novels. He studied...

Tarek Eltayeb

Tarek Eltayeb was born to Sudanese parents in Cairo in 1959. He has been living in Vienna since 1984. After studying at the Institute for Economic Philosophy of Vienna’s University of...

Suriname

Ellen Ombre

Ellen Ombre was born in Suriname, and moved with her family to the Netherlands in her early teens. She held a career as a certified social worker, and is the mother of a son. Her first novel was...

Sweden

Catherine Anyango Grünewald

Catherine Anyango Grünewald  is a Swedish-Kenyan artist. She has studied at Central Saint Martins and The Royal College of Art, where she also taught for ten years....

Lina Wolff

Lina Wolff has lived and worked in Italy and Spain. During her years in Valencia and Madrid, she began to write her short story collection Många människor dör som du (Many People...

Ester Roxberg

Ester Roxberg was born in Zimbabwe in 1987, grew up in Småland, and now lives in Malmö, where she works as an author and writer. Her debut novel, Antiloper (Antelopes), was published in...

Karin Tidbeck

Karin Tidbeck lives in Malmö, Sweden, where she works as a creative writing teacher and freelance writer, specializing in transmedia and interactive storytelling. Her short fiction has...

Jessica Schiefauer

Jessica Schiefauer lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with her husband and son. Her first novel, If You Were Me (2009), was warmly received, and with the August...

Anders Widmark

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...

Peter Fröberg Idling

Peter Fröberg Idling (b. 1972) is the author of Pol Pot's Smile. With a background in law, Fröberg Idling worked as a journalist before taking a job as legal advisor or an aid...

Klas Östergren

Klas Östergren was born in Stockholm in 1955 and is the author of several novels including the landmark Gentlemen (1981) and its sequel, Gangsters (2005). A leading star of Swedish...

Magnus William-Olsson

Magnus William-Olsson (b. 1960, Bromma, Stockholm county, Sweden), poet, literary critic, and translator, has published seven volumes of poetry, three books of essays on poetry, and a book of...

Gunnar Harding

Gunnar Harding (born 1940) started as a jazz musician, studied painting in Stockholm, and made his literary debut in 1967. He has published sixteen volumes of poetry, as well as translations and...

Willy Kyrklund

Willy Kyrklund (born 1921 in Finland) has been called a "prime number" for his unique contributions to Swedish literature. With a background in mathematics and computer programming,...

Harry Martinson

Harry Martinson was born at Jämshög in 1904. He was left an orphan at an early age and went to sea at the age of sixteen, spending six years of his life on board various ships and as a...

Håkan Sandell

Håkan Sandell was born in southern Sweden in 1962 and began publishing at the age of nineteen. His latest collections are Skisser till ett århundrade (Sketches for a Century), 2006,...

Tomas Tranströmer

Born in Stockholm in 1931, Tomas Tranströmer worked as a psychologist for juvenile offenders for many years. His books of poetry include The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems (New...

Jonas Karlsson

Jonas Karlsson, b. 1971, is the epitome of the word multitalented. One of Sweden's most prominent actors, Karlsson has acted in numerous plays at the Royal Dramatic Theater, Sweden's...

Ellen Mattson

Ellen Mattson was born in 1962 on Sweden's west coast, and is the daughter of children's author Ollo Mattson. She is regarded as one of Sweden's most important young writers and...

Göran Sonnevi

Born in 1939, Goran Sonnevi is one of the leading poets and translators of Sweden. Trained as a librarian, he has dedicated his life to poetry and has written fifteen books. In 1983 he received...

Switzerland

Peter Weber

Peter Weber is a Swiss novelist and musician. Born in 1968 in Wattwill, Switzerland, he has lived in Zurich for many years, although he travels frequently and spent most of 2008-9 in...

Erwin Koch

Erwin Koch, currently a freelance journalist in Switzerland, is the author of six books. He has twice received the Egon Erwin Kisch Prize for German-language journalism (1988 and 1996) and was...

André Kaminski

André Kaminski was born in Geneva in 1923 after his Jewish family moved there from Poland. He earned a Ph.D. in history and taught at the University of Geneva for several years before...

Keller + Kuhn

The novels of Keller + Kuhn (Christoph Keller and Heinrich Kuhn) include Unterm Strich Die blauen Wunder [The Blue Wonders, Reclam Verlag, Leipzig, 1997], perhaps the first (and only?) fax novel...

Friedrich Glauser

Friedrich Glauser is a legendary fígure in European noir. A morphine and opium addict most of his life, he began writing one of his novels, Thumbprint (Bitter Lemon) while an inmate at...

Syria

Zaher Omareen

Zaher Omareen is a Syrian researcher and writer who has published articles and short stories in the Arab and English press. His short story “First Safety Maneuver” won a prize awarded...

Mohamed Raouf Bachir

The celebrated Syrian short-story writer M. Raouf Bachir was born in Aleppo and published his first stories in Al-Jundi magazine in 1956. He published many stories in magazines such as...

Rasha Abbas

Rasha Abbas is a Syrian journalist and writer of short stories. She is currently based in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2008, she published her first collection, Adam Hates the Television, and was...

Osama Esber

Osama Esber is a poet, short-story writer, publisher, and translator. He is a member of the editorial board of Fiker [Thought] and director of the publishing house Bidayat [Beginnings]....

Osama Alomar

Osama Alomar is a Syrian poet and short story writer. He was born in Damascus in 1968. He has published three collections of short stories in Arabic: Ayuha al-insaan (O Man), Rabtat...

Lukman Derky

Lukman Derky was born in Derbassiya, Syria, in 1966. He was a member of Aleppo University’s literary circle in the 1980s. He has published six collections of poetry and one of short...

Golan Haji

Golan Haji is a Syrian poet and translator with a postgraduate degree in pathology. He was born in 1977 in Amouda, a Kurdish town in the north of Syria. He studied medicine at the University of...

Abdelkader al-Hosni

Abdelkader al-Hosni is a Syrian poet.

Nadia Midani

Nadia Midani was born in Damascus in 1955. She studied sociology in Paris, and gained her doctoral degree with a dissertation on “Tribal and Village Structures in Metropolitan Arab...

Aïcha Arnaout

Born in Damascus, Aïcha Arnaout has been living in Paris since 1978. A poet and a novelist, she writes in French and in Arabic. Her poems have been translated into several languages. Her...

Salwa Al Neimi

Salwa Al Neimi was born in Damascus. Since the mid seventies, she has lived in Paris, where she studied Islamic philosophy and theatre at the Sorbonne. She has published five volumes of poetry...

Zakariya Tamer

Zakariya Tamer, an influential master of the Arabic-language short story, was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1931. His formal schooling was abbreviated and he is largely an autodidact. His works...

Haifa` Bitar

Haifa` Bitar was born in Lattaquieh, Syria, and is a novelist and short story writer. Her collection of short stories, The Fallen (Beirut: Riad al Rayyess Publishers, 2000), received the Abi Al...

Faraj Bayraqdar

Faraj Bayraqdar was born in 1951 in Tir, a village near Homs in central Syria. He began publishing poetry while still in high school. At the University of Damascus, he and a group of friends...

Ibrâhim Samûel

Ibrâhim Samûel was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1951. He graduated from the University of Damascus in 1982 with a degree in philosophy and sociology. He has published four collections...

Nizar Qabbani

Born in 1923 in Damascus, Nizar Qabbani is considered one of the greatest and most popular poets of the Arab world. Having received a law degree in 1945, he served in the Syrian foreign service...

Hasiba Abd al-Rahman

Hasiba Abd al-Rahman is a Syrian poet and human rights activist. Her novel al-Sharnaqa (The Cocoon), based on her prison diaries and writing and published eight years after her release, is the...

Abd el-Salam al-Ujayli

Abd el-Salam al-Ujayli was born in 1918 in the northern Syrian city of al-Riqqa, on the Euphrates River. A physician by training, he started a clinic in his home town where he still practices....

Adonis

Born in 1930 in Qassabin, Northern Syria, Adonis divides his life between his home country, Lebanon, and France. A critic and reviewer, Adonis is above all a poet. He has been building a lyrical...

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