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A Writing Life
Author and journalist Alia Mamdouh was born in 1944 to an Iraqi father and a Syrian mother, and currently lives in exile in Paris, France.
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 to Beirut, then Palestine and London before finally settling in Paris.
She won the 2004 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for her novel The Loved Ones. Her book The Foreigner has been longlisted for the 2014 Sheikh Zayed Book Award.
Mamdouh continues to contribute to the main newspapers and journals of the Arab world.
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