was born in Cairo on 19 September 1981. His first novel A Long Cellar with a Low Ceiling making you Crouch was published by Suad Al-Sabah Publishers, Kuwait, 2003 (second edition, Cairo 2006). That same year, his short story collection Blue In a Sad Way was published by the Higher Council For Culture in Cairo. In 2007, his second novel Repeated Stopping was published by Dar Merit (second edition Dar Al-Shurooq, 2008) and also his third, The Italian's Bed.
Mohamed Salah Al-Azab has won seven literary awards, including The Suad Al-Sabah Award for the Novel, and the Higher Council for Culture’s Award for Short Story in 1999 and 2004. He Also won the Higher Council For Culture award for the novel for 2004.
Banipal No 32 Summer 2008
Shortlist for the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction announced[read more]
Upcoming Banipal book club meetings[read more]
Announcement of 2014 Winner of Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation[read more]
Sheikh Zayed Book Award announces 'Arabic Culture in other Languages' 2015 longlist[read more]
IPAF 2015 Longlist has been announced![read more]
The first ever BALMAL Open Evening was very successful: overflowing with visitors and animated conversation![read more]
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