was born in 1936 in the small village of Husain-al Bahr near Tartus in Syria. He is one of the most distinguished Arab writers today. Through his work he has decried the abuses of tyranny and the lack of freedom, democracy and social justice in the Arab world and broken deep-rooted taboos by exploring forbidden themes.
In the 1960s he began publishing short stories in Syrian and prestigious Lebanese journals. On of his short stories, Al-Fahd [The Lynx], was made into a feature film in 1969 and won several awards. In the early 1970s he worked as a teacher in Algeria before moving to Lebanon where he worked as a journalist, editor and book reviewer for several publishing houses.
In 1980 he moved to Cyprus and finally settled back in his birthplace a few years later, where he remains unaffected by foreign influences. He has published several acclaimed novels and collections of stories. A short story, Pollen, was published in Banipal 32, in the Feature on Contemporary Syrian Literature, part 2.
Banipal No 32 Summer 2008
Banipal No 8 Summer 2000
Banipal 57 – Syria in the Heart is published today[read more]
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16th International Berlin LIterature Festival 7-17 September 2016[read more]
Announcing the Inaugural Annual Lecture
Friday 14 October
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