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was born in 1953 in Syria and grew up in Damascus. He went to Germany in 1971 to study Philosophy and Comparative Literature. Today he lives in Aachen and works as a freelance writer, publisher and translator (Arabic-German), and for German-speaking radio stations and news media. He has published a number of books on German literature written by non-German mother tongue speakers, plus children’s stories, many translations, and his own poetry collections, stories and essays. In 1983 he was awarded the Literature Prize of Aachen.