Ahlam Mosteghanemi received her B.A. in Arabic literature from the University of Algiers in 1973, and was awarded a doctorate in sociology from the Sorbonne in 1982. She is the author of two volumes of poetry and a second novel, Chaos of the Senses. Baria Ahmar is a Lebanese journalist and translator who lives in Canada. Peter Clark is a translator and writer who lives in England.