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.
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.
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