Atiq Rahimi was born in Afghanistan in 1962, and fled to France in 1984. There he has become renowned as a maker of documentary and feature films, and as a writer. The film of his novel Earth and Ashes was in the Official Selection at Cannes in 2004 and has won a number of prizes. A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear has also been adapted for the screen. His adaptation of The Patience Stone, which he co-wrote and directed, was also recently made into a feature film. Since 2001 Rahimi has returned to Afghanistan to set up a Writers’ House in Kabul and to offer support and training to young Afghan writers and filmmakers. His new novel, A Curse on Dostoevsky is forthcoming from Other Press. He lives in Paris.
Erdag Göknar, a scholar and literary translator, is Assistant Professor of Turkish Studies at Duke University and is the award-winning translator of Orhan Pamuk's best-selling novel, My Name is Red.
Sarah Maguire is an award-winning poet as well as translator and founder of the Poetry Translation Centre based in the UK.
Yama Yari co-translated A Thousand Rooms with Maguire at the Poetry Translation Center.
Polly McLean is a freelance translator in Oxford, UK. She has translated titles by Catherine Deneuve and Sylvia Kristel (star of the Emmanuelle films) as well as the award-winning Secret by Philippe Grimbert.