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Emad Blake is a Sudanese novelist and critic, born in 1972. He studied architecture at Khartoum University, but chose to become a professional journalist ever since his student years, later practising in Sudan and in Arab Gulf countries.
He has published six novels, the most famous of which is Shawarma (2014), excerpted in Banipal 55 – Sudanese Literature Today, and was responsible for bringing him fame. In 2008 his novel, Blood in Khartoum was published in Beirut. His latest novel is Mama Merkel, about migration to Europe.
He has also published a book on literary criticism called The Arab Novel and the Search for Meaning, in addition to various books on politics and thought in the Arab Gulf region and Sudan, and cultural articles in the Arab and Sudanese press. At present, he lives in Muscat, Oman, where he works as an editor for the Oman Daily.