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Fadhil Al Azzawi

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Name  Fadhil Azzawi

Role  Writer
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Education  Leipzig University, University of Baghdad
Books  The last of the angels, Cell Block Five, The Traveler and the In

Fadhil Al Azzawi (Arabic: فاضل العزاوي ; born 1940 in Kirkuk, Iraq) is an Iraqi writer highly respected in the Arab world, as he has published seven volumes of poetry, six novels, three books of criticism and memoir, and several translations of German literary works. He participated in Iraq's avant-garde Sixties Generation, and his early controversial work was lauded with great enthusiasm.

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He holds a BA in English Literature from Baghdad University, however Fadhil soon left Iraq in 1976, as the Baathist-controlled regime was becoming increasingly powerful. He later earned a doctorate in communications studies from Leipzig University. He has worked as a freelance journalist and translator for Arab newspapers and cultural reviews. He also founded the poetry magazine Shi’r 69.

He currently resides in Berlin, where he works as a full-time writer.


  • Miracle Maker, Selected Poems. BOA Editions. 2004. ISBN 978-1-929918-45-4. 
  • In Every Well a Joseph Is Weeping, Quarterly Review of Books, 1997
  • "Cell Block Five" (2008, The American University in Cairo Press)
  • The Last of the Angels (2007, The American University in Cairo Press).
  • The Traveler and the Innkeeper (2011,The American University in Cairo Press).
  • References

    Fadhil Al Azzawi Wikipedia