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Liana Badr is a well-known Palestinian novelist, and short story writer, also a journalist, poet and cinema director. Born in 1950 in Jerusalem, she was raised in Jericho, studied at the University of Jordan, and graduated from the Beirut Arab University with a BA in Philosophy and Psychology. In 1979 she published her first novel A compass for the sunflower (English translation Women's Press, 1989). Since then, she has published five novels, including A Balcony over the Fakihani, translated by Peter Clark and The Eye of the Mirror, translated by Samira Kawar, four collections of short stories, two poetry collections and four books of essays.