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was born in 1954 in Baghdad. He left Iraq in 1976 and since then has lived in France where he began writing short stories, poems, novels and essays in an attempt to recall what he had left behind.
In Poitiers, he organised a poetry festival for several years. Since 1991, six of his Arabic books have been published in French, the latest short stories, Le Lecteur de Baghdad (Atelier du Gué, 2000), being tales of a journey through time, places and faces searching for the impossible return to Iraq.