Award-winning Moroccan novelist and screenwriter Youssef Fadel was born in Casablanca in 1949. During Morocco's 'Years of Lead' he was imprisoned in the notorious Moulay al-Sheriff prison (74-75). Blue bird is his 9th novel. He lives in Casablanca, Morocco. Translator Jonathan Smolin is the author of the critically- acclaimed Moroccan Noir: Police, Crime, & Politics in Popular Culture (2013). He lives in Hanover, NH.
Chapter 1: Novels, includes excerpts from: Thebes at War, 1944 Khan al-Khalili, 1946 Midaq Alley, 1947 The Beginning and the End, 1949 The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Sugar Street, Children of the Alley 1956-57 The Thief and the Dogs, 1961 Adrift on the Nile, 1966 Miramar, 1967 Mirrors, 1972 Karnak Cafe Fountain and Tomb, 1975 The Harafish, 1977 Arabian Nights and Days, 1979 The Journey of Ibn Fattouma, 1983 Before the Throne, 1983 Akhenaten, Dweller in Truth, 1985 The Day the Leader Was Killed, 1985 Morning and Evening Talk, 1987
Chapter 2: Short Stories, includes: The Return of Sinuhe, 1941 Zaabalawi, 1962 The Conjuror Made Off with the Dish, 1969 The Answer is No, 1989 Half a Day, 1989 A Long-term Plan, 1989 Forgetfulness, 1984 The Reception Hall, 1996 Traveler with Hand Luggage, 1996 The Rose Garden, 1999
Chapter 3: Autobiographical Works, includes excerpts from: Echoes of an Autobiography, 1994 The Dreams, 2000 Dreams of Departure, 2004