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Raphael Cohen is a professional translator and lexicographer who studied Arabic and Hebrew at Oxford University and the University of Chicago.
His translations of novels from Arabic to English include Status Emo by Eslam Mosbah (AUC Press, 2013), Butterfly Wings: an Egyptian Novel by Mohamed Salmawy (AUC Press, 2014) and Ahlem Mosteghanemi's trilogy The Art of Forgetting (Bloomsbury, 2011) and The Bridges of Constantine (Bloomsbury, 2014), the latter being reviewed by Peter Clark in Banipal 51, and Chaos of the Senses (2014). He has also translated a novel, So You May See, by Mona Prince. His latest fiction translation is Guard of the Dead by George Yarak, which was shortlisted for the 2016 IPAF prize. He has introduced and translated the forthcoming Poems of Alexandria and New York by Ahmed Morsi (Banipal Books, 2021).
He is based in Cairo and is a contributing editor of Banipal.