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Egyptian novelist and translator. He won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2008 for his novel Sunset Oasis. Bahaa Taher was born in Giza Governorate on January 13, 1935. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1956 from Cairo University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Media - Radio and Television Division in 1973. He worked as a translator at the State Information Service between 1956 and 1957, and worked as a drama director and And as a broadcaster on the second radio program, which he was one of its founders until 1975, when he was banned from writing. After being banned from writing, he left Egypt and traveled to Africa and Asia, where he worked as a translator. He lived in Geneva between 1981 and 1995, where he worked as a translator at the United Nations, after which he returned to Egypt, where he lives now (2010).