Salah Abdel Latif was born in Baghdad in 1950. He has published two collections of short stories (1984 and 1993). In 2000 he published a novel, Nujoum Adamiyya (Human Stars) in Tangiers. He left Iraq in 1975, spending four years teaching in Algeria and Morocco. Since 1979 he has lived and worked in Köln, Germany. He founded the cultural magazine Tafoqt (Tamerzigh for Sun).