We mourn the passing of the distinguished Yugoslav novelist, essayist, and thinker Dubravka Ugrešić, the recipient, among many other honors, of the 2016 Neustadt Prize. It has been a point of pride for us to say that we have hosted her. Rest in peace.
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Mortada GZAR مرتضى كزار (novelist, filmmaker, visual artist; Iraq) has an engineering degree from the University of Baghdad. The films he wrote, directed, and shot have been featured in international festivals; his animated “Language” won the Doha Film Award. He has three novels: [Broom of Paradise] (2008), [Sayyid Asghar Akbar] (2013), and [My Beautiful Cult] (2016), and is a regular contributor to the Lebanese newspaper al-Safir al-Arabiandis. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
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