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was born in 1957 and educated at the Lycée Français in Cairo, Cairo University, and the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is a prolific writer of short stories, novels, literary essays, and articles on social and political issues. His second novel is the best-selling The Yacoubian Building (Arabic 2002, English translation AUC Press, 2005), and has been adapted for a high-budget film, directed by Egyptian director Marwan Hamed. Al-Aswany trained as a dentist and had his first office in the Yacoubian Building. He lives in Cairo.