Anton Shammas is a Palestinian writer, poet, and translator who grew up in Haifa, where he attended an integrated Jewish-Arab high school. He attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Arabesques
was one of The New York Times
’s best works of fiction of 1988. His essays in English have appeared in Harper’s
, the New York Times Magazine
, and The New York Review of Books
. He is a professor of Modern Middle Eastern Literature at the University of Michigan.