Ahmed Naji (b. 1985) is a writer and journalist who was given PEN/ Barbey Freedom to Write Award in 2016. His first novel, Rogers, was published in 2007 and his second novel, Use of Life, was published in 2014. Naji was arrested after an excerpt from his novel was published in Akhbar al-Adab. He was sentenced to two years in jail for violating public morality. The novel, Use of Life, has been translated into Italian and English. The story in this collection is the lends its title to his first collection of short stories, published in 2016 by Merit.