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Adnan al-Sayegh (Iraq)

Born in al-Kufa (Iraq) in 1955, Adnan al-Sayegh is one of the most original voices from the generation of Iraqi poets known as the Eighties Movement. His poetry, crafted with elegance, and sharp as an arrowhead, carries an intense passion for freedom love and beauty. Adnan uses his words as a weapon to denounce the devastation of war and the horrors of dictatorship.

In 1993 his uncompromising criticism of oppression and injustice led to his exile in Jordan and the Lebanon. After being sentenced to death in Iraq in 1996, because of the publication of Uruk's Anthem (The death list was published in the newspaper" Babel" 13 October 1996, then in "Al-Zawraa" 2 March 20000. Both newspapers were owned by Saddam Hussein's son, Uday) - a long poem in which he gives voice to the profound despair of the Iraqi experience - he took refuge in Sweden. Since 2004 he has been living in London.