About the Author
, born in Kafr al-Shaykh in Egypt's Nile Delta in 1938, has written seventy books, including novels, short stories, historical tales, and critical studies. His novel The Lodging House
was awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2003, and was published in English translation by the AUC Press in 2006.Michael Cooperson
is professor of Arabic language and literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.