Ahdaf Soueif

Ahdaf Soueif ( born March 23, 1950 in Cairo ) is an Egyptian- English writer.


Ahdaf Soueif grew up in Egypt and the UK and studied at Lancaster University, where she received her doctorate. In 1993 she published her first novel Eye of the Sun, which they, like their other novels, wrote in English. Her second novel, The Map of Love (1999) was nominated on the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize. Translated into English Mourid Barghouti.

In 2008 she was among the founders of the Palestine Festival of Literature.

She was married to the literary critic Ian Hamilton, with whom she has two children, Hamilton died in 2001.

Works (selection)

  • Cairo: My City, Our Revolution, Bloomsbury, 2012
  • I Think of You, London: Bloomsbury: 2007
  • Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground, New York: Anchor Books, 2004
  • Mourid Barghouti: I Saw Ramallah. Translation into English by Ahdaf Soueif. New York: Anchor Books, 2003
  • The Map of Love, London: Bloomsbury, 1999 The Map of Love: A Novel. From the English by Angelika Felenda. Rheda- Wiedenbrück: RM- book and media sales, 2000
  • Aisha: Love Stories from Egypt. From d Engl Maria Mill Frankfurt / M: Ullsteinhaus, 1989