Alaa Al Aswany
Egypt (1957 - )
Alaa Al Aswany was born in 1957. He is a dentist by profession, and for many years practiced in the Yacoubian Building which was to form the setting for his bestselling novel. He has written prolifically for Egyptian newspapers on politics, literature and social issues. The Yacoubian Building caused an unprecedented stir when it was published in Egypt.