Duna Ghali was born in 1963 in Basra, Iraq. She graduated from the college of Agriculture, Basra University in 1987 and since 1992 has lived in Denmark. She is is an author, poet and translator.
She has published two collections of short stories and three novels and also translations of Danish works into Arabic, including selections of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytales in 2005. Also written a novel and a collection of poetry in Danish, in addition to a Danish-Arabic collection of prose.
She works in the Department of Orientalia and Judaica at the Royal Library Copenhagen.
An excerpt from her novel When the Scent Awakens is featured in Banipal 29, translated by William M Hutchins.
Banipal No 23 Summer 2005
Banipal No 29 Summer 2007
Banipal No 48 Narrating Marrakech (2013)
International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017 – Longlist announced[read more]
Syrian writer Khaled Khalifa writes on being Syrian today – t"he issue in Syria is not one of refugees but of a whole population that is being turned into either corpses or forced to flee while the world stands silently by"[read more]
Banipal 57 – Syria in the Heart is published today[read more]
Announcing the Banipal Visiting Writer Fellowship[read more]
16th International Berlin LIterature Festival 7-17 September 2016[read more]
Announcing the Inaugural Annual Lecture
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