Adel Esmat is an Egyptian writer, born in 1959. He obtained a BA in Philosophy from Ain Shams University in 1984 and a BA in Library Science from Tanta University in 1986. He works as a librarian in the Ministry of Education. He has published a collection of short stories entitled Fragments (2015) and five novels.

His novel Days of the Blue Windows (2009) was awarded the 2011 State Prize for Incentive for the Novel, while his Tales of Yusuf Tadrus (2015) won the 2016 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature and has been translated into English and published by the American University in Cairo.

His novel The Commandments was shortlisted for the 2019 IPAF and excerpted in Banipal 64 (Spring 2019).


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Banipal 64 - A Rebel named Hanan al-Shaykh

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