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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Taher refers to the growing presence at that time of foreign investment in Egypt and above all, a new consumerism that ignited desires for things most people could not afford. 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 baahaa 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.

In he chose to leave for Geneva to work as a translator for the United Nations. He had an idea. If it was a free election, they’d have won The protagonist of the book is a nationalist Egyptian police officer who suffers faher an existential crisis. Sadat said, ‘Those not with me are against me. Though Taher’s fiction often reveals catastrophic misconceptions between Europe and the Arab world, he says, “I never thought a character could reflect a whole culture, or a ‘clash of civilisations’.

But society was not ready. American University in Cairo Press, Aunt Safiyya and the Monastery has been translated into ten languages,[2] including the English translation by Barbara Romaine.


A storyteller and social commentator Taher lost his job in radio broadcasting and was prevented from publishing in the mid s in Tayer Egypt. The USA is still very racist He has killed a man in self defense and the widow is calling for vengeance. I believe what he did was tahre miracle, given the context, when people were dying of hunger in the countryside. Bahaa Taher was born in in Giza.

In his work, Egypt represents humanity in microcosm. He studied history and literature among other subjects tahef the University of Cairo. Few Arabic novelists can earn a living from their books.

When asked if he still baaa that youth holds the key to a better Egypt, Taher offers a fervent: Taher is co-founder of the opposition Kifaya movement, which was founded in by intellectuals and campaigned for political change and against the rule of Hosni Mubarak.

His novel The Point of Light was an attempt to understand why such change had taken place. But he was wrong. After many years of exile in Switzerland, he has returned recently to Egypt and is very active in all cultural circles.

A stubborn believer in Arab unity, who sees himself as “one of the last surviving Nasserists”, Taher says, “I didn’t at all like the revolution tahdr I was young.

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We’re not that different. I can’t see a society, just individuals.

While abroad, he followed Egyptian affairs closely, noting the growing gap between rich and poor, Muslim and Christian. Dar al-Hilal, Village life in Upper Egypt is magically tajer in this compelling novel of a traditional society caught up in the process of change. His illiterate mother spun mesmerising tales about families and vendettas in Luxor, “her paradise lost”.


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Even though an affair allows the protagonist to temporarily forget his family troubles and a professional dispute, the occupation of Lebanon and the subsequent shock of the massacres at Sabra and Shatila have an impact on the intimate relationship.

The peaceful coexistence twher Muslims and Christians is threatened when a young Muslim is given sanctuary in a Christian monastery.

The novel probes the possible motivations behind this bizarre act of vandalism. For Taher 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: He says, “Many prizes in the Arab world give priority not to literary value, but to politics or fashion.

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Denied his source of livelihood, Taher moved to Switzerland, serving the United Nations as translator for nearly twenty years. Inthis Egyptian police chief dynamited taheg of the ancient Ammon-Ra temple complex whose oracle Alexander the Great consulted.

After attending Cairo University, he helped found Cairo Radio’s cultural programme inmeeting Naguib Mahfouz the Nobel laureate among other writers, and producing radio drama, from Greek tragedy to Samuel Beckett. Love in Exile echoes the disappointment of a people whose hopes for peaceful and meaningful lives are undermined by powers beyond their reach.