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Monir Almajid was born in 1951 in Qamishli, Syria. He graduated from Damascus University in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and since 1969 has been a film critic, writing for Syrian and Arab media. After settling in Denmark in 1983, in 2008, he became editor of the Danish newspaper Al Khabar. Qamishlo, excerpted in Banipal 57, is his first novel.