Amir Tag Elsir is a Sudanese writer, born in the north of Sudan in 1960, who now works as a doctor in Qatar. At an early age he wrote poetry and in the 1980s began to write novels. He has published 24 books, comprising novels, biographies and poetry, including the novels The Dowry of Cries, The Copt’s Worries and The French Perfume (all 2009) and The Crawling of the Ants (2010). His novel The Grub Hunter (2010) was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2011 before being translated into English, Italian, Polish and Farisi. His novel 366 (2013) was longlisted for the prize in 2014 and was among the winners of the 2015 Katara Prize for the Arabic Novel. The Witches Resort (2015) was also longlisted for the 2017 prize. Flowers in Flames was short listed in 2018 prize. His novels Ebola ’76 and French Perfume were on the long list of Best Translated Book award 2016 and 2017.
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