Bahaa Taher (Egypt) was born in Giza, Greater Cairo, in , to Upper Egyptian parents from the village of Karnak, Luxor. He holds postgraduate diplomas in. Bahaa Taher was born in Cairo, Egypt. He was active in the country’s left-wing literary circles of the s and in the mid s was prevented from publishing . Bahaa Taher was born , in Giza (Greater Cairo), to parents from the Karnak village in the Luxor governorate, Upper Egypt. He graduated from the literature.

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Shortly after graduating from the University of Cairo, he started work in Radio 2, the culture channel of the Egyptian Radio.

Bahaa Taher: Of Hope and Remembrance

Inhe published his first short story. Bahaa was active in the left-wing and avant-garde literary circles of the s and was one of the writers of the Gallery 68 movement.

A storyteller and social commentator Taher lost his job in radio broadcasting and was prevented from publishing in the mid s in Sadat’s Egypt. In he chose to leave for Geneva to work as a translator for the United Nations.

After many years of exile in Switzerland, he has returned recently to Egypt and is very active in all cultural circles. He has received bahza recognition in the last five years.


Apart from the translation into English of two of his novels, his collected works were published in Cairo by Dar al Hilal inand a film was made about him as a leading member of the 60s generation by Jamil ‘At iyyat lbrahim in Quickly becoming one of the most baaha read contemporary novelists in the Arab world, Taher has received in the State’s Award of Merit in Literature, the highest honour the Egyptian establishment can confer on a writer.

Series; Matbu’at al-Jadid, bahaa Cairo; Dar Shahdi li-l-Nashr, His first collection of stories, Al Khotouba The Engagement had invoked, according to Sabri Hafez, “an extremely strange, nightmarish world, which is nevertheless presented in very ordinary taheg, as if its strangeness were neither surprising nor lamentable”. The stories in Zahabtu ila Shallal are far from being complacent variations on favourite themes.

For Bahwa they comprise the effort to come to grips with the changes wrought on the social and political landscape during 14 years of “self-imposed exile”, as he puts it Novels Sharq al-Nakhila Cairo: Dar al-Hilal, Originally serialized in al-Musawwir in Khalati Safiyya wal-Dayr Cairo: Dar al-Hilal, Village life in Upper Egypt is magically evoked in this compelling novel of a traditional society caught up in the process of change.


Bahaa Taher (Author of Sunset Oasis)

The peaceful coexistence of Muslims and Christians is threatened when a young Muslim is given sanctuary in a Christian monastery. He has killed a man in self defense and the widow is calling for vengeance. Al-Hob fi al-Manfa Love in Exile widely acclaimed novel, described by I’tidal Osman as “an expansive vision that encompasses world and homeland, north and south, self and other” The point of light Sunset Oasis His sixth novel is set in 19th century Egypt at the beginning of the British occupation of the country.

The protagonist of the book is a nationalist Egyptian police officer who suffers from an existential crisis. American University in Cairo Press, Aunt Safiyya and the Monastery has been translated into ten languages,[2] including the English translation by Barbara Romaine. He is the first winner of this prize.