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Mahmood Abdel Wahab was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1929. While still at school he wrote a play The Miserable. In 1954 he published the short story, The Train Heading up to Baghdad, in the Lebanese magazine Al-Adab, which established his reputation as a writer. In 1997 he published his first collection of stories The Aroma of Winter, which was followed by his novel The Foam of Cloud. He also writes essays of literary criticism and is an occasional lecturer at Basra University.