Khalil Sweileh

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Khalil Sweileh is a Syrian journalist and novelist. He was born in Al-Hasakah District and studied literature at Damascus University. He has since worked for a number of cultural publications in various capacities.

Sweileh received the Naguib Mahfouz Medal in 2009 for his novel The Scribe of Love. In his acceptance speech, Sweileh mentioned that as a village boy, his chance discovery of a tattered copy of Mahfouz's novel Khufu's Wisdom was partly responsible for inspiring his love of literature.[1]

His previous novels include Express Mail (2004), Do Not Blame Me (2006), and Zuhur, Sara, and Nariman (2008). Sweileh's novels have yet to be translated into English.