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EZ ELDIN MansouraEZ ELDIN Mansoura

Mansoura Ez Eldin is an Egyptian novelist and journalist. She was born in Delta Egypt in 1976.

She studied journalism at the Faculty of Mass communication, Cairo University and has since published short stories in various newspapers and magazines: she published her first collection of short stories, Shaken Light, in 2001.

This was followed by two novels, Maryam's Maze in 2004 and Beyond Paradise in 2009. Her work has been translated into a number of languages, including an English translation of Maryam's Maze by the American University in Cairo (AUC) Press, which came out in 2007.

In 2009, she was selected for the Beirut39, as one of the 39 best Arab authors below the age of 40. Her second novel, Beyond Paradise, was short listed for the prestigious Arabic Booker prize 2010, and is being translated now into Italian, German, and Dutch. Ez Eldin is working as literary editor for Akhbar al- Adab literary magazine since 1998, and is the Book review editor in the magazine since 2003.