Bahaa Taher, one of Egypts leading writers, is the author of Love in Exile (AUC Press, paperback edition in 2005). In 2008 he was awarded the first International Prize for Arabic Fiction (the Arabic Booker).
In his tale of love and betrayal in the aftermath of Egypt's 1952 revolution, Bahaa Taher speaks of a numbing sense of helplessness and renewed hope in the face of corruption set against the backdrop of the ancient myth of Aset and Osiris, and their child-to-be: `a young and vigorous hawk, a perfect hawk' who shall defeat `the serpent that never dies' restoring `light and justice.'
I love the way he describes things and makes you feel as if you are are able to actually experience everything at such close proximity. I like his vocabulary. He is original. Unlike many Arab authors who tend to depress me, he is full of hope. Which is what I have been seeking for a long time.