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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The Arabic Booker prize was launched to some swingeing attacks in the Arab press, with complaints about aping western models, and alleged geographical bias there were two Egyptians and no Gulf writers on the shortlist of six.

Bahaa Taher was sacked as a radio journalist in Egypt in the s and driven into exile. Yet he says now, “I was freed, not fired.

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In his work, Egypt represents humanity in microcosm. While the state withdrew from social activities, they built clinics and distributed food.

He petitions for the release of political detainees, including members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which boycotted Tuesday’s municipal elections after hundreds were arrested in a pre-election crackdown.

The emancipated women of the s were not rewarded at all. 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: He lives in Zamalek, on an island in the Nile, with his wife of 17 years, Stefka, a Russian interpreter of Greek and Slovenian descent.


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On a trip to Luxor last month, he was gratified to find it had been spared Muslim-Copt tensions, a benefit, he believes, of its constant stream of visitors. Taher, aged 73, spent 14 years in Geneva as a UN translator before returning to Cairo inand is fluent in English.

Taher lives in Cairo. But society was not ready.

Set in the late 19th bahaa, Sunset Oasis begins with a caravan journey tahfr Cairo to Siwa, an oasis town on Egypt’s Libyan border, peopled by fiercely independent Berbers. T he latest Booker prizewinner is tucking into seafood risotto beside the calm waters of the Arabian Gulf, weighing up a sometimes turbulent career. One of the most widely-read novelists in the Arab world, he is a captivating story-teller, appreciated for the precision and economy of his writing.

That’s how they won 88 seats. I believe what he did was a miracle, given the context, when people were dying of bahax in the countryside.

Women are also casualties in his fiction. His novel The Point of Light was an attempt to understand why such change had taken place.

His illiterate mother spun mesmerising tales about families and vendettas in Luxor, “her paradise lost”. He had an idea. Isolated by the surrounding vastness of the desert, the oases and its inhabitants are a microcosm of competing attitudes. InTaher lost his job as director of cultural programming for Cairo Radio, and his writing was banned from publication. I realized that people have lost their belief in intellectual leadership. The novel probes the possible motivations behind this bizarre act of vandalism.

Bahaa Taher: Of Hope and Remembrance

Even though an affair allows the protagonist to temporarily forget his family troubles and a professional dispute, the occupation of Lebanon and the subsequent shock of the massacres at Sabra and Shatila have an impact on the intimate relationship.


He studied history and literature among bhaa subjects at the University of Cairo.

It’s a sad and tragic situation. Now 75 years old, Taher recently withdrew from Kifayya to concentrate on writing. Toggle navigation Authors When asked if he still feels that youth holds the key to a better Egypt, Taher offers a fervent: The protagonist of the book is a nationalist Egyptian police officer who suffers tahfr an existential crisis.

Inthis Egyptian police chief dynamited part of the ancient Ammon-Ra temple complex whose oracle Alexander the Great consulted.

In those days we never cared to what religion our neighbors belonged, and never dreamt of questioning such differences. They think, if we can’t change the world with Marxism or nationalism, we can change it with religious ideas.

Though Taher’s fiction often reveals catastrophic misconceptions between Europe and the Arab world, he says, “I never baha a character could reflect a whole culture, or a ‘clash of civilisations’. He has received much recognition in the last five years.

But when Sadat made a coalition with them to crush the left, they infiltrated education. In his best known novel, Aunt Safiyya and the Monasterytranslated intoEnglish ina young Muslim man caught in a blood feud with a vengeful aunt is given sanctuary in a Coptic Christian monastery.