Aicha Bassry

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Aicha Bassry’s numerous poetry collections include; Masā’āt (2001, Evenings); Araq al-Malā’ikah (2002, Engels’ Insomnia), Shurfah Muṭfa’ah (2004, A Dark Balcony), Laylah Sarī‘at al-‘Aṭab (2007, A Frail Night), Sadiqī al-Kharīf (2009, My Friend Fall), and  Khulwat al-Ṭayr (2010, The Bird’s Seclusion). Hadīth Midfa’ah (2012, Fireplace Chat). She is also the author of four novels: Layālī al-Ḥarīr (2013, Silk Nights, translated as Noches de seda, 2016), Hafīdāt Greta Garbo (2015, Greta Garbo’s Granddaughters), Banāt al-Karaz (2017, The Cherry Tree Girls), al-Ḥayāt min dūnī (2018, Life Without Me), and Ka Juthah fī Riwāyah Būlīsiah (2020, Like a Corpse in a Detective Story).

Bassry was awarded the Kateb Yacine Novel Prize (2016) for Hafīdāt Greta Garbo (2016, Greta Garbo’s Granddaughters), the Simone Landry Women’s Poetry Prize (2017) and Best Arab Novel award at the 37th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (2018) for her novel al-Ḥayāt min dūnī (2006, Life Without Me). Her work has been translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Turkish.

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