Hisham El Kheshen is an Egyptian civil engineer and novelist born in 1963 who holds an MBA from the American University in Cairo. He published his first literary work, Very Egyptian Stories, in 2009. His first novel, What is Behind the Doors, came out in 2011 and a TV series based on the book is under development. Hisham’s second novel, Seven Days in Tahrir, adapted into the TV series The Day Comes, was followed in 2012 by Adam the Egyptian.
He is best known for his social history novel Graphite, which was longlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2014. His next novels were Acacia Hills, which sheds light on Alzheimer’s disease and aging, and It Happened in Berlin, which was published to acclaim in 2018 and has remained a bestseller in Egypt ever since.
Hisham’s latest novel is Lebon’s Friendship.