Fadhil al-Azzawi: A Poetry Not in Service of Dictators or Despots

Although Iraqi writer Fadhil al-Azzawi is more widely known in English as a novelist (his The Last of the Angels, Cell Block Five, and The Traveler and the Innkeeper have been met with acclaim), al-Azzawi is perhaps better-known in Arabic as a poet. Both are true, as al-Azzawi’s work has moved between poetry and prose. He answered a few questions about his writing for our ongoing series on Iraqi poets and poetries.

Fadhil al-Azzawi: ‘All These Genres Mixed Together’

Fadhil al-Azzawi, renowned Iraqi author, was briefly in London to judge the Saif Ghobash-Banipal prize for Arabic Literary Translation, the results of which will be announced in January. Banipal took the opportunity to host an informal discussion with him on 6th December at the Arab British Centre, which Amira Abd El-Khalek attended: By Amira Abd … Continue reading Fadhil al-Azzawi: ‘All These Genres Mixed Together’

December 6 in London: A Discussion with Iraqi Poet and Novelist Fadhil al-Azzawi

On December 6, Banipal will host an informal discussion evening with Iraqi novelist and poet Fadhil al-Azzawi. The discussion will be held at the Library and Meeting Room of the Arab British Centre and will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Berlin-based Al-Azzawi has a long association with Banipal — his work has been published in a dozen different issues, reviewed in more, … Continue reading December 6 in London: A Discussion with Iraqi Poet and Novelist Fadhil al-Azzawi

Book review: The Traveler and the Innkeeper, Fadhil al-Azzawi

treads much the same ground as his 1972 novel, Cell Block 5. The earlier book has been called the “first Iraqi prison novel,” and much of the action of The Traveler and the Innkeeper, written in the mid-1970s, also takes place among political prisoners and police. Both novels draw on the acclaimed novelist and poet’s own experience in Iraqi jails.