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Bachtyar Ali is one of the most renowned contemporary writers and poets of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan. Born in Sulaymaniyah (Northern Iraq), he came into conflict with the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein in 1983. He was wounded in student protests and interrupted his geology studies. After the 1991 uprising and the partial autonomy associated with it, writers and intellectuals in the Kurdish regions gained new opportunities to express themselves. Bachtyar Ali began writing more intensively and also dedicated himself to the philosophical journal Asadi (Freedom). His works include novels, poems, and essays. In Kurdistan he was greatly respected for his nonpartisan stance and his open criticism of the political and social situations in his country.
This magician of narratives lived undiscovered in German for twenty years. Now the Unionsverlag has published his vivid parable of oppression and the fraternal strife among Iraqi Kurds, Bachtyar Ali’s first book to appear in German. DER LETZTE GRANATAPFEL (The Last Pomegranate), a highly topical and enchantingly lyrical novel tells the story of a high-ranking Peshmerga officer on a boat taking him and other refugees to the West. He has embarked on this journey through secrets to people who will help him find his missing son, a trip that will set him on the path taken by thousands before him: across the Mediterranean Sea to the West.
Bachtyar Ali has lived in Germany since the mid-1990s.
DER LETZTE GRANATAPFEL. Novel. Unionsverlag 2016
Available in English:
I STARED AT THE NIGHT OF THE CITY. Translated by Kareem Abdulrahman. Periscope Books 2016