Muhsin Al-Ramli


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Muhsin Al-Ramli is a writer, poet academic and translator, born in the village of Sudara in northern Iraq in 1967. He has lived in Madrid since 1995 and received his doctorate in literature and philosophy from Madrid University. He writes in both Arabic and Spanish. Over the years he has worked as a journalist and cultural editor for the Arab, Spanish and Latin American press and has translated a number of literary works from Arabic into Spanish and vice versa. He has published more than 30 books, ranging from short stories to plays, translations and novels. The English translation of his novel Scattered Crumbs (2000) won the American Translation Award sponsored by the University of Arkansas Press in 2002, and his novels Dates on My Fingers (2008) and The President’s Gardens (2012) were IPAF longlisted in 2010 and 2013. The English translation of The President’s Gardens won the 2016 PEN Translates Award and the 2018 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Literary Translation. His 2015 novel The Wolf of Love and Books was shortlisted for the 2015 Sheikh Zayed Book Award, and Sons and Shoes (2018) was longlisted for the Award in 2019. Al-Ramli was a mentor on the IPAF Nadwa in 2019. He currently works at Saint Louis University, the American university in Madrid.