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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mahmoud Saeed  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1939 in Mosul, Iraq


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Illinois Connection

Saeed currently teaches intermediate and advanced Arabic language courses at DePaul University, as well as Arab Culture and Iraqi Political history.

Biographical and Professional Information

Saeed has written more than twenty novels and short story collections, and hundreds of articles.While he writes all maunscripts in Arabic, three of his most dynamic novels and memoirs have been translated into English along with several short stories.In 1963 he was imprisoned on political charges for a year, to be followed by three years of suspension from employment. The detentions continued until his sixth and final incarceration in 1980. In 1985 Saeed emigrated to the United Arab Emirates, and since 1999 he has been a political refugee in the USA.


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Titles At Your Library

Saddam City
ISBN: 0863563503

Saqi Books. 2004

Exposes the secret workings of Saddam Hussein's brutal police state from within Based on the true experience of one man's brutal interrogation, incarceration, and separation from his family

One morning Mustafa Ali Noman, a teacher in Baghdad, is arrested as he reaches the school gates. For the next 15 months he is brutally interrogated, moved from prison to prison and barred from contacting his family

he witnesses countless scenes of torture. It becomes clear to Mustafa along his journey through the desert gulags that the question of guilt or innocence is irrelevant ...

'How do I know that I am not dreaming this?' he asks, as, under intolerable pressure, his grasp of reality begins to weaken.

Mahmoud Saeed's devastating novel evokes the works of Kafka, Solzhenitsyn and Elie Wiesel. It is a vivid account of the wanton and brutal treatment of the Iraqi people by Saddam Hussein's feared secret police and of the arbitrariness of life under tyranny.

The World Through the Eyes of Angels (Middle East Literature In Translation)
ISBN: 0815609914

Syracuse University Press. 2011

Mosul, Iraq, in the 1940s is a teeming, multiethnic city where Arabs, Kurds, Assyrians, Jews, Aramaeans, Turkmens, Yazidis, and Syriacs mingle in the ancient souks and alleyways. In these crowded streets, among rich and poor, educated and illiterate, pious and unbelieving, a boy is growing up. Burdened with chores from an early age, and afflicted with an older brother who persecutes him with mindless sadism, the child finds happiness only in stolen moments with his beloved older sister and with friends in the streets. Closest to his heart are three girls, encountered by chance: a Muslim, a Christian, and a Jew. After enriching the boy’s life immensely, all three meet tragic fates, leaving a wound in his heart that will not heal. A richly textured portrayal of Iraqi society before the upheavals of the late twentieth century, Saeed’s novel depicts a sensitive and loving child assailed by the cruelty of life. Sometimes defeated but never surrendering, he is sustained by his city and its people.


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