Idris Ali, one of Egypt’s leading Nubian writers, is the author of three short story collections and six novels, including Dongola (AUC Press, 2006). Selftaught in literature, he attended the Religious Institute of al-Azhar and currently lives in Cairo. He passed away in 2010. Elliott Colla teaches comparative literature at Brown University. He is the author of Conflicted Antiquities and the translator of The Heron by Ibrahim Aslan (AUC Press, 2005) and Gold Dust (AUC Press, 2008). He was runner up in the 2009 Saif Ghobash–Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for his translation of Gold Dust.