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Cell Block Five

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About the Author

Fadhil Al Azzawi was born in Kirkuk, Iraq. He holds a Ph.D. in cultural journalism from the University of Leipzig and is the author of several novels including The Last of the Angels. In Iraq, he was a member of the Kirkuk Group of poets of the 1960s generation. He has lived in Germany since 1977.


'This short compact novel is sincere. It tells of a Kafkaesque situation and inhumane behaviour in humane, even beautiful, language. Translated by William M Hutchins who also translated Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy.' The Socialist Review "Cell Block Five is a wonderfully well-written novel; it is permeated with poetic feelings which convey something inimitable, musical, impalpable, and always unmistakably human. The story of the hero's unjust incarceration draws us at the heart of a human tragedy and gives us the opportunity to share a unique emotional experience.' Arab News

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