Anwar Hamed

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Anwar Hamed (born 1957) is a Palestinian-Hungarian novelist, poet and author.[1] He was born in the West Bank and went to Hungary for college. His first short stories were published in Arabic when he was still a teenager in the West Bank, but after his move to Hungary, he started writing in Hungarian. His first novels were written in this language. Since 2004, he has been living in London, where he works for BBC Arabic.[2]

His novel Jaffa Prepares Morning Coffee was longlisted for the 2013 Arabic Booker Prize.

Selected works[edit]

  • The Bridge of Babylon
  • Stones of Pain
  • Scheherazade Tells Tales No More
  • The Game of Love and Pride and Other Idiocies
  • Valse Triste
  • Seventy-Two Virgins and a Confused Lad
  • Jaffa Prepares Morning Coffee
  • Jenin 2002
  • Mind the Gap (poetry)
  • Oh, Those Days! (short stories)
  • Literary theory: An attempt towards the definition of the function of literature (theory)


  1. ^ IPAF profile
  2. ^ Sohie West, "An Interview with Anwar Hamed", Wasafiri, Volume 26, 2011 - Issue 4, pp. 36-41.