Hoda Barakat is a novelist and journalist whose literary work engages with the everyday life in Civil War Lebanon. She is one of the most original voices in modern Arabic literature and the author of five novels, i.a. Disciples of Passion (2005), The Tiller of Waters (2004), and The Stone of Laughter (1990). Barakat holds a degree in French literature from the Lebanese University, Beirut, and was, from 2011 to 2012, fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. She has received numerous awards for her literary work, i.a. the Al-Naquid Literature Prize (1990) and the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature (2000). In 2015, she was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Her new novel Letters of the Last Nights will be published in fall 2017.