Fuad Al Takarli


one of the pioneering Iraqi writers of his generation. Renowned as the authentic voice of modern Iraqi society Fuad al-Takarli was one of the pioneering writers who broke with the literary conventions of Arabic fiction in the 1950s and 1960s. He developed his own personal style. His journalism and fiction gained attention and accolades as much as his idiosyncratic writing as for his vivid evocations of a rich and articulate Iraqi culture. Al-Takarli's literary career began with The Green Eyes, a collection of short stories in 1950s. He made his name in 1970s with the publication of The Long Way Back - published in Arabic in 1980 as al-Rajea al-Baeed and in French and English in 2001. An ambitious novel for its time depicting through the eyes of four generations of Baghdad family - covering the tumultuous events leading up to the overthrow of the republican regime of Abd al-Karim Kassem, in 1963. The novel was published in Beirut, and only in 1980 was it finally brought out in Iraq. In other works such as The Other Face, The Sandy Ring and Spit in the Face of Life, al-Takarli continued to explore the social changes brought about under the Baathist regime. He contributed articles to London's Arabic press. After graduating in law in 1949 he worked at the Iraqi Ministry of Justice for 35 years. In 1956 he became a judge and went to head Baghdad's Court of Appeals. He continued in the legal field until 1983 when he decided to concentrate exclusively on writing. In the last three years of his life Fuad al-Takarli lived in Amman, Jordan, where he died from pancreatic cancer.

Compiler: M. Nauman Khan

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