Born November 1937 in el-Gamalia, Dakahlia bordering Lake Manzalah.. A graduate of Cairo University, School of Commerce in 1960, he has worked for the government until he retired recently as an accountancy inspector.
He started writing in 1962 and published many stories in al-Masa, al-Katib,al-Majalla, Rose el-Youssef. Among those were Ibtissamat al-Madina al-Ramadiyya, Mughamarat Hamza and Hadith min al-Tabik al-Thalith. The latter was first published in al-Masa on 14 August 1966.
El-Bisatie is one of the group of writers known as "Gallery 68" writers. Gallery 68 is an avant-garde literary magazine which was the brainchild of a core group of about 10 writers and artists, but in practice it embraced a wider circle of intellectuals, with over 60 writers, poets ,artists and critics publishing in its eight issues.
Short Story Collections
His first collection "alkibar wa al-sighar" was published in 1967 Dar el-Kitab el-Arabi
Hadith min al-Tabik al-Thalith wa kissas ukhra 1970- G.E.B.O.
Ahlam Rijal Kissar al-Umr in 1979 and 1984- G.E.B.O.
Hatha ma Kan Cairo G.E.B.O. 1988
The above four collections have been published by G.E.B.O. together in Volume 2 of the Complete Works by Bisatie.
Munhana al-Nahr - Cairo G.E.B.O. 1992 Mukhtarat Fussul series
Daw Da if la Yakshuf Shyaan Dar Sharkiyyat 1993
Saat Maghreb Dar el-Hilal 1996
Al-Tajir wa-l-Naqqash - Dar al-Thakafa al-Gadida 1976
Al-Maqha al-Zujaji - Dar ibn Rushd 1979
Al-Ayyam al-Saaba - Dar ibn Rushd 1979
The above three novels were published by G.E.B.O. in Volume 1 of the Complete Works of Bisatie
Beyout Wara al-Ashgar first published Dar el-Hilal 1993
Dar el-Adab Beirut 2000
Sakhb al-Buhaira first published Dar Sharkiyyat 1994
Thakafa Gamahiriyya 1997
Dar el-Maghreby, Tunis 1999
Aswat el-Leil - Dar el-Hilal 1998
Wa Yaati al-Kitar - G.E.B.O.1999
Layal Ukhra - Dar el-Adab Beirut 2000
Fardous - Merit Publishing 2003
A Last glass of Tea & other stories Translated into English by Denys Johnson-Davies (Colorado Springs; three Continents Press, 1995)
Behind Trees Beyout Wara
al-Ashgar Translated by Denys Johnson-Davies into English ( University of Texas Press)
Sakhb al-Buhaira translated into French by Edwige Lambert
Al-Tajir wa-l-Naqqash translated into Spanish ( Al-Kalima)
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