Meet The Author

Nael Eltoukhy

He has been described as “a serious guy with a light touch” and a "post-modern novelist."

Nael Eltoukhy is a 36-year-old Egyptian author from Alexandria, with a wicked sense of humor, an unlimited passion for the Egyptian singer Um Kalsoum, Woody Allen films, Franz Kafka novels, and provocative Israeli authors.

“The most interesting writers for me are the funny ones,” said Eltoukhy in a past interview, who first dabbled with storytelling at the age of six. Today he is the author of four novels and a collection of short stories.

Born in Kuwait to Egyptian parents, born in Kuwait, Nael Eltoukhy is also a journalist, blogger, and a translator of Hebrew literature.

This AUC Press YouTube video presents segments of last month’s author reading and book signing with Eltoukhy, an event held at Cairo's Diwan Bookstore for the recent release of the English translation of Women of Karantina (AUC Press, 2014).

In the discussion that followed, he addressed the audience’s questions about the English translation by Robin Moger, the choice of Alexandria as the setting for his novel, the use of humor, and the female characters in his story.

The English excerpts were read by Soha Mohsen, AUC Press marketing assistant.

To read the opening chapter from Women of Karantina, click here.

To order the book through AUC Press, click here. It is also available through

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