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Rafik Schami

Rafik Schami was born in Damascus in 1946 and has lived in political exile in Germany since 1970. Today he is one of the most successful Arab writers in Europe and writes in his adopted language of German. His novels have been translated into 21 languages and received numerous international awards. His novel The Dark Side of Love (Arabia Books, 2009) was shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.