Hamdi Abu Golayyel was born in 1968 into a Bedouin family in Egypt. He has published many collections of short stories as well as his three novelsl to date, including the collections Asrab al-Naml [Swarms of Bees] in 1997, and Ashya’ Matwiyya bi-‘Anaya Fa’iqa [Items Folded with Great Care] in 2000, for which he has received three literary awards. He has also published one non-fiction work.

Thieves in Retirement was his first novel, with its English translation by Marilyn Book (Syracuse University Press, 30 Nov. 2006). It was reviewed in Banipal 29, 2007.

His next novel was A Dog with No Tail, which was awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2008, and translated by Robin Moger. Published by AUC Press, 15 Dec. 2009.

His latest novel to be pubilshed in English transaltion is The Men Who Swallowed the Sun, published by Hoopoe Fiction on January 3, 2022.  It was the last work translated by the late Humphrey Davies. 

Hamdi Abu Golayyel lives in Cairo, where he  works as editorial director for a Folk and Popular Culture Studies Series for the Ministry of Culture.

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Banipal 25 - Spring 2006