Abdulaziz Al Farsi was born in Shinas in the Sultanate of Oman in 1976. He graduated from medical school at Sultan Qaboos University in 2001. In 2006 he became a fellow in the British Royal Medical College in Edinburgh, and is currently a senior specialist in oncology at the National Oncology Centre at the Sultani Hospital in Muscat, Oman. He has been writing since 1998 and has had four short story collections published. Earth Weeps, Saturn Laughs is his first novel. Nancy Roberts is the translator of Salwa Bakr's The Man from Bashmour (AUC Press, 2007), for which she received a commendation in the Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize for Translation. Her other recent translations include Naguib Mahfouz's Love in the Rain (AUC Press, 2011) and The Mirage (AUC Press, 2009), and Ibrahim Nasrallah's Time of White Horses (AUC Press, 2012).