Narmin Kamal

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Narmin Kamal
Nermin Kamal, Azerbaijani author.jpg
Native name
Nərmin Kamal
Born1981 (age 36–37)
Baku, Azerbaijan
EducationBA in Philosophy
MA in History of Philosophy

Narmin Kamal (Azerbaijani: Nərmin Kamal) is a novelist and essayist, author of several books published in Azerbaijan, where she was born when it was a part of the Soviet Union.

Life and education[edit]

Alongside Azerbaijan, her fiction and creative non-fiction appeared in various literary anthologies and publications including the New York Times, Der Spiegel, and BBC World Service. As a novelist made her debut with "Aç, mənəm" (2010, Baku, Qanun Publishing), critically acclaimed, won Imadəddin Nəsimi Prize and Young Novelist RFE/Radio Liberty Prize for debut novels in Baku.

N.Kamal holds BA(hons) in Philosophy and MA in History of Philosophy from Baku State University. Her PhD dissertation on Umberto Eco and Post-modern Philosophy was published in 2008 and 2012 in Baku (Qanun Publishing). She was a guest researcher as a PhD student at University of Navarra of Spain and Bologna University of Italy.

She was one of twelve European writers invited to write an essay for the young.euro.connect German festival.[1] She was among the six invited to the readings in Berlin and Munich in 2008.[2]

She was a writer-in-residence at Kulturkontakt, Austria/Vienna in 2011.

writer in residence, milo dor

She gave many speeches and participated in many book festivals, including London, Edinburgh, Wien and Linz book exhibitions.

N.Kamal translated Sophie's World a novel on history of philosophy by Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder from English into Azerbaijani (2010).

Her latest book, essay collection of 70 essays was published in Baku, by Alatoran Publishing in 2017, "Küçədən Keçən Adam haqda yazılar" (available in Azerbaijani).

She has been widely published in international anthologies including "Glückliche Wirkungen: Eine literarische Reise in bessere Welten" (2017, Ullstein Buchverlage) or Translated by (2012, London-Istanbul).

She was one of the founder members of AYO (Azad Yazarlar Ocagi), which was a kind of Bloomsbury Group of Azerbaijan. She served as a deputy editor at Alatoran (2004-2008), the first independent literature magazine in Azerbaijan after the totalitarian era of the Soviet Soc-realism. The magazine soon became the voice of a generation. Alatoran published new generation Azerbaijani writers, as well as translations from new American, European literature as well as Russian post-modern authors. The literary group is known today mostly for its dissident voice critisizing the state policy and certain tendencies of the society.

Awards and recognition[edit]

2010 - Imadəddin Nəsimi Fiction Prize

2011 - "Young Novelist", Radio Liberty Azerbaijani Service's Debut Novel Prize

2010 - The first place among 67 essays at the essay competition titled "The Life and Thoughts of an Azerbaijani Woman", organized in Baku with the generous support of the Women Forum and British Embassy in Baku.

2011 - Milo Dor Stipendium, Austria/Vienna

2015 - Rafig Tagi Award

2016 - Shortlisted at "Rodnoy Dom" Belarus Short Story Competition



  1. ^ "Young Euro Connect". Young Euro Connect. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
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