Mohamed El-Bisatie

Hunger (Al Adab, Beirut, 2008) is a detailed account of the ordinary lives of those at the very bottom of society, sufferers of continuous hunger. Through a detached yet intimate portrait of the day-to-day lives, Egyptian author Mohamed El-Bisatie explores how, despite their sufferings, these neglected people are still able to reflect on human existence and ask questions about their surroundings. 

Hunger was translated into English by Denys Johnson-Davies by the AUC Press in 2008. Further translations have appeared since the book was shortlisted for IPAF in 2009. To find out about more, visit the Translations section.


2009 Shortlist