Alia Mamdouh was born in Iraq and received her degree in psychology from the University of Mastansariya in 1971. She served as editor-in-chief of al-Rasid magazine from 1970 to 1982. She is the author of Naphtalene: A Novel of Baghdad (AUC Press, 2005), and received the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for The Loved Ones in 2004. She lives in Paris.
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