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Tarek Eltayeb was born to Sudanese parents in Cairo in 1959 and has lived in Vienna since 1984. He
studied at Ain Shams University, Cairo, and later Social and Economic Sciences at the Vienna University of
Economics and Business Administration, gaining a PhD in the Transfer of Ethics through Technology. He currently teaches at three Austrian universities.
He has been writing since 1985 and has published three novels, two collections of short stories, five collections of poems, a play, an autobiographical book and a collection of essays. His books have been published in German, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Macedonian, Romanian and Serbian translations. Some of his short stories have been published in Banipal 1, 9 and 21, and in the collection of North African Short Stories Sardines and Oranges, Banipal Books 2005. into English (Cities without Palms, AUC Press, and in 2009 Arabia Books), and The Palm House (AUC Press, 2012), both translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid.
His awards include the Elias Cannetti Fellowship from the City of Vienna. In 2008, he was appointed Austrian Ambassador for the European Year for Intercultural Dialogue (EJID). In the same year, he received the Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria.
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