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Baban Kirkuki

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Baban Kirkuki

The Iraqi-Dutch poet and author Baban Kirkuki (Kirkuk, 1974) studied Arabic language and literature, but fled from Iraq in 1999, because his writing was being suppressed by the country’s former regime. He debuted in 2006 in the Netherlands with Op weg naar Ararat (‘On the way to Ararat’). His second collection, Lontananza (2009), centres around his longing for the country of his birth as well as a place of his own in his adopted country. In his subsequent two collections, Territorium and Licht onbekend (‘Light(ly) unknown’), his double identity also played a vital role. In 2011, he was awarded the C.S.S. Crone Stipendium from the city of Utrecht.