Bachtyar Ali

Bachtyar Ali

Bachtyar Ali, born 1966 in Sulaimaniyya in northern Iraq, challenged Saddam Hussein's dictatorship through his involvement in the student protests. He dropped his studies in geology to dedicate himself to poetry. His work includes novels, poems and essays published in a range of languages. Since the mid-1990s Ali lives in Germany. In 2017 he received the Nelly Sachs Award. Ali lives in Cologne.

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Articles by this author

Talking about a revolution (Issue II/2020)

“Constantly fighting back”

The author talks about the Kurds in Northern Iraq and writing as a form of resistance.