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Hamdi Abu Golayyel

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Hamdi Abu Golayyel

Hamdi Abu Golayyel was born in 1968. He is of Bedouin origin and he moved to Cairo from a settlement like the one he describes in his novel Thieves in Retirement (2006). He is editorial director for the Folk and Popular Culture Studies Series in the Mass/Public Culture Administration, Government of Egypt, and he writes for Jaridat al-Ittihad al-Imaratiyya (Newspaper of the Emirates’ Union). He has published two volumes of short stories, Asrab al-naml (Swarms of Bees, 1997) and Ashya’ matwiyya bi-*Šñanaya fa’iqa (Items Folded with Great Care, 2000); the novels Lusus mutaqa’idun (2002) and A Dog with No Tail (2008), which won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal; and the nonfictional work al-Qahira: Shawari’ wa-hikayat (Cairo: Streets and Stories, 2003). He is the recipient of three literary awards: Ja’izat al-majmu’a al-qisasiyya (Award for a Short Story Collection), Ministry of Culture, Egypt, 1997; Ja’izat al-qissa (Award for Fictional Narrative: Short Story), Akhbar al-yawm, Cairo, 1999; and Ja’izat al-ibda’ al-*Šñarabi (Arabic Creative Writing Award), United Arab Emirates, 2000. He lives in greater Cairo with his wife and two young daughters, Hala and Dunya.

Articles by Hamdi Abu Golayyel

The Veiler of All Deeds
By Hamdi Abu Golayyel
When Abu Gamal revealed Shaykh Hasan's secret to the residents of Number 36 . . .
Translated from Arabic by Marilyn Booth
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