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Ahdaf Soueif is known for the bestselling novel, The Map of Love, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 1999 and subsequently translated into more than 20 languages. She is also the author of the massive In the Eye of the Sun and the short story collections Aisha and Sandpiper – later amalgamated into I Think of You. A political and cultural commentator with a special interest in Palestine, she writes for various newspapers in the West and the Arab world. Her seminal article, “Under the Gun: A Palestinian Journey,” was originally published in The Guardian and then printed in Soueif’s 2004 collection of essays, Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground. Soueif has also translated Mourid Barghouti’s, I Saw Ramallah from Arabic into English. Born in Egypt, Soueif hás a PhD in Linguistics from the UK and is the recipient of 3 honorary DLitts from British universities. In 2008 she founded the UK charity, Engaged Events, which initiated the annual Palestine International Festival of Literature (PALFEST).