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Ahdaf Soueif

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Ahdaf Soueif, born in Cairo, Egypt, is the author of three collections of short stories: Aisha, a collection of stories that was runner-up for The Guardian Fiction Prize, Sandpiper and other stories, and a collection of stories in Arabic which won The Cairo Book Fair Award for Best Short Stories of the Year.

Ms. Soueif is also the author of two works of fiction, In The Eye of the Sun, and her most recent novel, The Map of Love, that was short listed for The Booker Prize in 1999 and has been published in 12 countries. She is one of the most widely read Arab fiction writers in English. Ahdaf Soueif divides her time between London and Cairo.

Of her work Edward Said has said, “She has put Arab society and culture before the English reader with great ingenuity and inventiveness.”

Prizes, Awards & Fellowships
  • 2002 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction