was born in Baghdad in 1964. He has a degree from Baghdad University in Western Philosophy and French Literature. He has published three novels, with two more under print. His first, Papa Sartre, (pub. Beirut 2001, and reviewed in Banipal No 17, Summer 2003) was awarded the State Prize for Literature in Baghdad and the Prize of Abulkassim al-Shabbi for the Novel in Tunis. His third, Shata al-Ailah [Winter of the Family] won the Prize of Literary Creativity in the UAE. His novel The Tobacco Keeper was longlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2009. In 2001 he left Iraq, and now lives in Belgium.

Papa Sartre was excerpted in Banipal 35 prior to its full publication by AUC Press.




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