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Azher Jirjees is an Iraqi writer and novelist, born in Baghdad in 1973. From 2003 onwards, he worked as a journalist in Iraq, publishing articles and stories in Arab newspapers and periodicals. In 2005, his satirical book about terrorist militias, Terrorism . . . Earthly Hell was published, resulting in an assassination attempt on him and he was forced to flee from Iraq, going to Syria, then Morocco and finally to Norway, where he now lives permanently. He has two short story collections, Above the Country of Blackness (2015) and The Sweetmaker (2017). His first novel, At Rest in the Cherry Orchard (2019) was longlisted for the 2020 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF.) He is a cultural editor for the Norwegian Telemark newspaper, and a simultaneous interpreter between Arabic and Norwegian.