Balkis Sharara is an author, sister of Hayat Sharara, and wife of renowned Iraqi architect Rifat Chadirji. In 1979 she carried copies of his works into and out of Abu Ghraib allowing him to author three of his seminal books while in the prison. On his release they wrote a book of their experiences, Jidr Bayn Dhulmatain (2003, A Wall Between Two Darknesses), reviewed in Banipal 24. To read the review, click here.

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Banipal 63 - The 100 Best Arabic Novels (2018)