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Biography of Ahdaf SOUEIF

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Born on 23/03/1950 (format : day/month/year)

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Ahdaf Soueif (b.March 23, 1950) is an Egyptian i novelist and a writer on political and cultural affairs.

Ahdaf Soueif was born in Cairo and spent part of her childhood in London. She is the author of Aisha, Sandpiper, and In the Eye of the Sun.(1992), about a young Egyptian woman's life in Egypt and England, where she goes to study as a postgraduate, set against key events in the history of modern Egypt; and The Map of Love (1999), the story of a love affair between an Englishwoman and an Egyptian nationalist set in Cairo in 1900, secrets uncovered by the woman's great-granddaughter, herself in love with an Egyptian musician living in New York. The Map of Love was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.

In 2004, her book of non-fiction, Mezzaterra, was published. Her latest book is a collection of short stories, I Think of You (2007).

Married to the poet and biographer Ian Hamilton, she divides her time between England and Egypt. 

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