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Rodaan Al-Galidi

The Netherlands

Rodaan Al-Galidi (1971) is an author and poet. Al-Galidi was born in Iraq but he has lived in the Netherlands since 1998. Since he wasn’t allowed to go to school in the Netherlands, he taught himself to read and write. This produced a great body of work, including poetry and prose. Rodaan released his first collection in 2000 titled Voor de nachtegaal in het ei (For the Nightingale in the Egg). Since then he has published five novels, three collections of columns and seven collections of poetry. In 2011, his novel De autist en de postduif (The Autist and the Carrier-Pigeon) (2011) was awarded the EU Prize for Literature. In 2016 he published his highly successful novel Hoe ik talent voor het leven kreeg (How I Got a Talent for Life). His latest poetry collection, Neem de titel serieus (Take the Title Seriously) will be released at the start of September by the Jurgen Maas publishing house. In addition to topics such as love and loneliness, which Rodaan Al Galidi often returns to in his poems, this collection is mainly about relationships. The relationship of one person to the other, of the individual to his parents, family, society and the world.