Ibrahim al Koni was born in Libya in 1948. A Tuareg who writes in Arabic, he spent his childhood in the desert and learned to read and write Arabic when he was twelve. He studied comparative literature at the Gorky Institute in Moscow and then worked as a journalist in Moscow and Warsaw.
"A true journey into the human psyche.' Cairo Magazine "The desert setting is al-Koni's strength: its expanse, desolation, and mystery are powerfully evoked.' Margaret Obank, Banipal "Al-Koni's novels are aesthetic renderings of the passions of the desert and of the rich legends and cosmology of his people. An encyclopaedic writer who has digested mythologies of the ancient world and literature of the modern world, al-Koni has both a poetic bent and a mystical inclination." -- Ferial Ghazoul Al Ahram Weekly