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Luay Hamza Abbas is a renowned Iraqi novelist, literary critic, and short story writer from the southern city of Basra. He received his MA (1996) and PhD (2002) in Arabic Literature from the University of Basra, where he currently teaches. He is the author of four short story collections and four novels. In addition to his works of fiction, he has published four texts of literary and cultural criticism. Abbas's talent as a storyteller has been acknowledged through numerous national and international awards and recognitions, including the Creative Short Story Award from the Iraqi Ministry of Culture (2009) and Kikah Best Short Story Award from London (2006).