Bahaa Taher (Egypt) was born in Giza, Greater Cairo, in , to Upper Egyptian parents from the village of Karnak, Luxor. He holds postgraduate diplomas in. Bahaa Taher was born in Cairo, Egypt. He was active in the country’s left-wing literary circles of the s and in the mid s was prevented from publishing . Bahaa Taher was born , in Giza (Greater Cairo), to parents from the Karnak village in the Luxor governorate, Upper Egypt. He graduated from the literature.

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He then worked as a culture editor and reporter for Egyptian Radio. As the Man Booker prize turns 40 this year, the foundation behind it has backed a new award, for the best novel of the year written in Arabic.

He believed that if he gave America all that it wanted from Egypt it might solve our problems. The peaceful coexistence of Muslims and Christians is threatened when a young Muslim is given sanctuary in a Christian monastery. He had an idea.

I can’t see a society, ather individuals. The Prague Writers Festival is proud to host the author this year, and to celebrate a body of work that is both compellingly entertaining and profoundly humane. For Taher they comprise the effort to come to grips with the changes wrought on the social and political landscape during 14 years of “self-imposed exile”, as he puts it Novels Sharq al-Nakhila Cairo: I believe what he did was a miracle, given the context, when people were dying of hunger in the countryside.

Sadat, like Nasser, did not take kindly to critique. Inthis Egyptian police chief dynamited part of the ancient Ammon-Ra temple complex whose oracle Alexander the Great consulted. A stubborn believer in Arab unity, who sees himself as “one of the last surviving Nasserists”, Taher says, “I didn’t at all like the revolution when I was young.

If it is true that poets are the nation’s conscience, what is the fate of a nation that forgets its poets? He is the first winner of this prize. One of the most respected living writers in the Arab world, he has written six novels three translated into Englishfour short-story collections, plays and non-fiction – though none has been published in Britain. Now he pats his pockets in vain for the cigarettes he “gave up four days tahwr, while his frequent laughter gives way to a nasty cough.

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In he chose to leave for Geneva to work as a translator for the United Nations. Taher’s Sunset Oasis, published in Cairo last November, bahax chosen out of novels from 18 countries.

Taher’s humane vision may chime with an implicit aim of the prize. Love in Exile includes testimony of the massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra-Shatila refugee camps in Beirut in In the mid-sixties he published his first prose.

His illiterate mother spun mesmerising tales about families and vendettas in Luxor, “her paradise lost”. That’s how they won 88 seats. Born in Cairo inTaher spent summers in Karnak, his parents’ village near Luxor. Denied his source of haher, Taher moved to Switzerland, serving the United Nations as translator for nearly twenty years. I was a liberal, and went on demonstrations against dictatorial policies. Bahaa Taher was sacked as a radio journalist in Egypt in the s and driven into exile.

Shortly after graduating from the University of Cairo, he started work in Radio 2, the culture channel of the Egyptian Radio.

Bahaa Taher (Author of Sunset Oasis)

Bqhaa initially focussing on everyday events, the narrative soon takes unexpectedly tragic twists and turns. In Taher’s view, the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood – the strongest opposition, with a fifth of seats in the assembly – thrives “because all other ideologies have collapsed, and people can’t live without hope. He has killed a man in ther defense and the widow is calling for vengeance.

In Love in Exile, the journalist is dismayed to see his son embrace political Islam.

Bahaa Taher: Of Hope and Remembrance

Khalati Safiyya wal-Dayr Cairo: Now 75 years old, Taher recently withdrew from Kifayya to concentrate on writing. The stories in Zahabtu ila Shallal are far from being complacent variations on favourite themes. That’s why a younger generation is not as brave. Hinting that his police chief embodies the despair of Arab intellectuals over two centuries, Taher says there are parallels between the Orabi revolution and the Egyptian revolution ofwhich overthrew the monarchy and brought Gamal Abdel Nasser to power.


For Seymour Hersh As a student, Taher believed in the principles behind the Officers Revolution, which put an end to the year-long British occupation and the royal status of the year-old Mohammed Ali dynasty.

Dar al-Hilal, Originally serialized in al-Musawwir in Taher was spurred by the invasion of Iraq, which he vehemently opposed, to explore earlier occupations, of Egypt by Britain, and of Berber lands by Egyptian Arabs. We’re not that different. Archives Texts Articles Bahaa Taher: He has received much recognition in the last five years. Women are also casualties in his fiction.

Bahaa Taher

In a sensitive, often imaginatively bahxa portrayal he illustrates the changing relations between Copts and Muslims in a village not far from Luxor.

The USA is still very racist. In his work, Egypt represents humanity in microcosm.

Few Arabic novelists can earn a living from their books. In those days we never cared to what religion our neighbors belonged, and never dreamt of questioning such differences. vahaa

Al-Hob fi al-Manfa Love in Exile widely acclaimed novel, described by I’tidal Osman as “an expansive vision that encompasses world and homeland, north and south, self and other” The point of light Sunset Oasis His sixth novel is set in 19th century Egypt at the beginning of the British occupation of the country. Set in the late 19th century, at the beginning of British colonial rule, the story of officer Mahmoud plays out at the Siwa Oasis and acts as parable about current conditions in the Arab world.