Fadhil Al Azzawi  

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Fadhil Al Azzawi (born 1940 in Kirkuk, Iraq) is an Iraqi writer and 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 has participated in Iraq's avant-garde Sixties Generation, and his early controversial work was critiqued and lauded with great enthusiasm.

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, as a full-time writer.


  • Miracle Maker: Selected Poems (2003)
  • In Every Well a Joseph Is Weeping (1997)

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