Alia Mamdouh

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Alia Mamdouh also spelled Aliyah Mamduh (born 1944) is an Iraqi novelist, author and journalist living in exile in Paris, France. She won the 2004 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for her novel The Loved Ones.[1] She is most known for her book Naphtalene, as it was widely acclaimed and translated.

Mamdouh was born in Baghdad, Iraq. After completing her degree in psychology from the University of Mustansiriya, while at the same time working as editor-in-chief of Al Rasid magazine and editor of al-Fikr al-mua’sir magazine, Mamdouh decided to move and live in Beirut, Morocco and finally settling in Paris.


  • Naphtalene: A Novel of Baghdad
  • ftitahiya lil Dahik (Prelude to Laughter) (1971)
  • Hawamish ilal Sayyida Ba (Notes to Mrs. B) (1973)
  • Layla wa Al-Dhib (Laila and the Wolf) (1981)
  • Habbat Al-Naftalin (Mothballs) (1986)
  • Al-Wala (Passion) (1993)
  • Al-Ghulama (The Maiden) (2000)
  • The Loved Ones (2003)
  • Al-Mahbubat (2005)


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