Samira at home
Samira Al-Mana
سميرة المانع
Iraqi novelist and writer



the oppressors
the umbilical cord



Samira Al-Mana was born in Basrah, Iraq, where she grew up with a desire to write about the world she saw around her.

Moving to London in 1965, Samira worked as librarian and teacher of Arabic while continuing to write and had a number of novels and plays published, both in Arabic and in English translation.

Having been placed on a blacklist by Saddam Hussein's regime, even while living in London, Samira continues to write about her fellow countrymen and women in exile, their thoughts and feelings, often comparing those with the feelings of the English among whom she now lives.