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Mahmoud Saeed

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Mahmoud Saeed

Mahmoud Saeed, a prominent Iraqi novelist, has written more than twenty novels and short story collections. He was imprisoned several times and left Iraq in 1985 after the authorities banned the publication of some of his novels, including Zanka bin Baraka (1970), which won the Ministry of Information Award in 1993. His novels available in English are The World through the Eyes of Angels and Saddam City.  He lives in Chicago. In Fall 2014, he will become the first writer-in-residence at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani, Kurdistan.

Articles by Mahmoud Saeed

Chicago: Present-Day Paradise, Future Magic
By Mahmoud Saeed
The great Iraqi writer Mahmoud Saeed was imprisoned in Iraq six times between 1959 and 1980. He left Iraq in 1985 and has lived in Chicago since 1999. He wrote this essay on the eve of his departure to…
Translated from Arabic by William Maynard Hutchins
Multilingual
A Portal in Space
By Mahmoud Saeed
The Friday bombardment started a little later than usual, at 8:30 a.m. The sound was loud and clear. Umm Anwar sighed, and her pain showed clearly in her expression. Furrowing her brow and ready to explode,…
Translated from Arabic by William Maynard Hutchins
Multilingual
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