GEORGES BAHGORY was born in Luxor in 1935. He studied at the Fine Arts Faculty in Zamalek and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. For the last thirty-five years he has been based in Paris, with frequent sojourns in Egypt. His work has been exhibited in France, Egypt, the UK, Iraq, Jordan, Tunisia, and Italy. HUMPHREY DAVIES is the translator of Alaa Al Aswany’s The Yacoubian Building and Friendly Fire (AUC Press, 2008) and Elias Khoury’s Gate of the Sun, for which he was awarded the Banipal Prize for Literary Translation.He was awarded the 2010 Saif Ghobash–Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for his translation of Yalo by Elias Khoury.