Narmin Kamal

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Narmin Kamal (Nərmin Kamal) (b. 9 October 1981), author from Azerbaijan.


Nermin Kamal is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary literature of Azerbaijan. She started her literary career as a poet in the late 1990's and as a novelist Nermin Kamal made her debut with Open, It's Me! (2010, Baku), the experimental novel, critically acclaimed, won two local awards in Azerbaijan, Imadaddin Nasimi Prize and Young Novelist Radio Liberty Prize for debut novels. She is one of the founder members of AYO (Azad Yazarlar Ocagi/Independent Writers Union).

In 2008 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.

Nermin Kamal won the first place at 2010 essay competition "The Life and Thoughts of a Woman in Azerbaijan", which was organized with the generous support of the British Embassy in Baku in 2010.

She translated Sophie's World a novel on history of philosophy by Jostein Gaarder from English into Azerbaijani, which was published in 2010.

Nermin Kamal holds BA (hons) in Philosophy and MA (D) in History of Philosophy. "Umberto Eco and Philosophy of Postmodernism" - her PhD work was published in 2008/2012 in Baku (Qanun Publishing), she was a visiting researcher in Spain and Italy, researched her thesis at University of Navarra and Bologna University with a Spanish supervisor. The winner of 2011 Writer-in-Residence, Vienna, Kulturkontakt.

Currently writes for BBC World Service/Azeri and RFE/RL.


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

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