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Fadhil Al-Azzawi



Biography

Fadhil Al-Azzawi is one of the Arab world's leading experimental writers. Born in 1940 in Kirkuk, Iraq, he received his B.A. in English literature from Baghdad University. Al-Azzawi participated in Iraq's avant-garde Sixties Generation, and his early controversial work was critiqued and lauded with great enthusiasm. In 1976, as the Baathist-controlled regime was tightening its grip on power, Al-Azzawi left Iraq to earn a doctorate in communications studies from Leipzig University. He has been the editor of numerous newspapers and magazines and founded the poetry magazine Shi'r 69 (Poetry 69). His publications, now translated into more than 20 languages, include 10 volumes of poetry in Arabic and 1 volume in German, novels, short-story collections, criticism, and numerous works of translation from English and German. His collection In Every Well a Joseph Is Weeping was published in 1997 and in 2003, BOA Editions published Miracle Maker: Selected Poems. Al-Azzawi is currently a full-time writer living in Berlin.
Fadhil Al-Azzawi