Nihad Sirees was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1950. After training and working as an engineer, he became an acclaimed novelist, playwright and screenwriter. After finding himself under increasing surveillance and pressure from the Syrian government, in 2012 he left for Egypt and now lives and works in exile.
The Silence and the Roar was first published in Arabic, in Beirut, in 2004. It has been translated into German and French. This is its first publication in English.