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Ahdaf Soueif (Arabic: أهداف سويف) (born March 23, 1950) is an Egyptian novelist and political and cultural commentator.
Life and career 
Her debut novel, In the Eye of the Sun (1993), set in Egypt and England, recounts the maturing of Asya, a beautiful Egyptian who, by her own admission, "feels more comfortable with art than with life." Her second novel The Map of Love (1999) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, has been translated into 21 languages and sold over a million copies. She has also published two works of short stories, Aisha (1983) and Sandpiper(1996) - a selection from which was combined in the collection I Think Of You in 2007, and Stories Of Ourselves in 2010.
Soueif writes primarily in English, but her Arabic-speaking readers say they can hear the Arabic through the English. She translated Mourid Barghouti's I Saw Ramallah (with a foreword by Edward Said) from Arabic into English.
Along with her readings of Egyptian history and politics, Soueif also writes about Palestinians in her fiction and non-fiction. A shorter version of "Under the Gun: A Palestinian Journey" was originally published in The Guardian and then printed in full in Soueif's recent collection of essays, Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground (2004) and she wrote the introduction to the NYRB's reprint of Jean Genet's Prisoner of Love. In 2008 she initiated the first Palestine Festival of Literature, of which she is the Founding Chair.
Ahdaf Soueif is also a cultural and political commentator for the Guardian newspaper and she has been reporting on the Egyptian revolution. In January 2012 she published Cairo: My City, Our Revolution - a personal account of the first year of the Egyptian revolution. Her sister Laila Soueif as both her nephew and niece, Alaa Abd El-Fatah and Mona Seif, are notable activists.
She lives in London and Cairo.
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- Aisha London: Bloomsbury, 1983.
- In the Eye of the Sun NY: Random House, 1992.
- Sandpiper London: Bloomsbury, 1996.
- The Map of Love London: Bloomsbury, 1999.
- trans. of I Saw Ramallah by Mourid Barghouti. NY: Anchor Books, 2003.
- Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground NY: Anchor Books, 2004.
- I Think of You London: Bloomsbury: 2007
- Cairo: My City, Our Revolution Bloomsbury, 2012
Literary awards 
- 1996 Cairo International Book Fair: Best Collection of Short Stories (Sandpiper)
- 1999 Nominated: the Booker Prize ("The Map of Love")
- 2010 Inaugural Mahmoud Darwish Award
- 2011 Cavafy Award
- 2011 Named in the Guardian's Books Power 100
- "Ahdaf Soueif" in Contemporary Authors Online. Gale. November 11, 2003.
- Nash, Geoffrey (2002). "Ahdaf Soueif" in Molino, Michael R. (ed.) Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 267: Twenty-First-Century British and Irish Novelists. Gale: pp. 314–321.
- "The Palestine Festival of Literature - An explosive evening in the territories". The Economist. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
- "The Palestine Festival of Literature Team". The Palestine Festival of Literature. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
- "Afdah Soueif Profile". London: The Guardian. 2008-08-12. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
- Soueif,Ahdaf (2011-11-13). "In Egypt, the stakes have risen". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
- Morrison,Blake (2001-12-29). "Ian Hamilton Obituary". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-11-16.
- "Dr Ahdaf Soueif (DLitt) Honorary Graduates". University of Exeter. Retrieved 2011-11-16.
- Creswell, Robyn (February 2011). "Undelivered: Egyptian novelists at home and abroad". Harper's (Harper's Foundation) 322 (1,929): 71–79. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Ahdaf Soueif|
- Official website
- Biography and critical perspective, British Council
- Diary of an Egyptian Rebel, The Guardian, 4 February 2011.
- "Cairo, Hers Again," Guernica, February 2012