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Haifa Zangana

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Name  Haifa Zangana
Role  Novelist
Education  University of Baghdad

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Books  City of Widows, Dreaming of Baghdad, Women on a journey, The Torturer in the Mirror, Through the Vast Halls of M

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Haifa Zangana (born 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq) is an Iraqi novelist, author, artist, and political activist, best known for writing Women on a Journey: Between Baghdad and London. Haifa grew up in Baghdad and graduated from Baghdad University and the School of pharmacy in 1974. In the early 1970s, as a young activist in the Iraqi Communist Party Haifa was imprisoned by the Baath regime but she managed to escape execution. When she was released from prison, she stayed in Iraq to continue pursuing her studies. As a member of the PLO, she was the manager of the pharmaceutical unit, moving between Syria and Lebanon in 1975. She moved to Britain in 1976.


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As a painter and writer she participated in the Eighties in various European and American publications and group exhibitions, with one-woman shows in London and Iceland. She is also a contributor to European and Arabic publications such as The Guardian, Red pepper, Al Ahram weekly and Al Quds (weekly comment), and is a founding member of the International Association of Contemporary Iraqi Studies and a member of the advisory board of the Brussel’s Tribunal on Iraq.

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  • City of Widows (2008), Seven Stories Press
  • War With No End (2007), Verso
  • Not One More Death (2006), Verso
  • Women on a Journey: Between Baghdad and London (2001)
  • Keys to a City (2000)
  • The Presence of Others (1999)
  • Beyond What the Eye Sees (1997)
  • Through the Vast Halls of Memory (1991)
  • References

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