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Elias Farkouh



Biography

Elias Farkouh was born in Amman in 1948. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from the Arab University of Beirut. Farkouh was a partner with Taher Riyad in the publishing house Manarat until 1990. He is the founder and general manager of Azminah publishing house, and is one of the founding members of the Jordanian Publisher's Union. Farkouh has published several dozen books, including highly acclaimed novels and short stories. His novel Kamat Az-Zabad (Columns of Foam) won the State Encouragement Award in 1990; he won the State Merit Award for his short story writing in 1997. He is the recipient of the Jordanian Writers' Association Mahmud Sayf Ed-Din Irani award for his short story collection Ihda wa Eshrouna Talqa lil-Nabeyy (Twenty One Shots for the Prophet). Farkouh's novel Ard al-yambous (Land of Purgatory, 2007) was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2008, a prestigious new literary prize which aims to reward excellence in contemporary Arabic creative writing and to encourage wider readership of quality Arabic literature internationally.
Elias Farkouh