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Narmin Kamal

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Nermin Kamal
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Native name
Nərmin Kamal
BornBaku, Azerbaijan
EducationBA in Philosophy
MA in History of Philosophy

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Narmin Kamal (Azerbaijani: Nərmin Kamal) - Azerbaijani author, novelist and essayist[1].


Alongside Azerbaijan, her fiction and creative non-fiction appeared in various publications including the New York Times, Der Spiegel, Qantara.de, and she was a long-time columnist for BBC's Azerbaijani Service. As an independent voice from Azerbaijan, she has been widely published in international anthologies including "Glückliche Wirkungen: Eine literarische Reise in bessere Welten" (2017, Ullstein Buchverlage). She contributed text to the installation Translated By held at SALT Galata in 2012[2] and its associated book (ISBN 978-9944-731-28-7 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.), published with the support of the British Council.[3]

As a novelist she made her debut with "Aç, mənəm" (2010, Baku, Qanun Publishing), critically acclaimed, won the Imadaddin Nasimi Prize[4] and Young Novelist RFE/Radio Liberty Prize[5] for debut novels in Baku.

Kamal has degrees in philosophy and history of philosophy. Her PhD dissertation on Umberto Eco and Post-modern Philosophy was published in 2008 and 2012 in Baku (Qanun Publishing). She was a visiting researcher at University of Navarra of Spain and obtained residence as a guest researcher/PhD student from Bologna University of Italy.

She was one of twelve European writers invited to write an essay for the young.euro.connect German festival.[6] She was among the six invited to the readings in Berlin and Munich in 2008.[7] She was a writer-in-residence at Kulturkontakt, Austria/Vienna in 2011.

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N.Kamal translated Sophie's World a novel on history of philosophy by Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder from English into Azerbaijani (2010)[8].

In an earlier life, she was one of the founder members of AYO (Azad Yazarlar Ocagi), which was a kind of Bloomsbury Group of Azerbaijan[9]. She served as a deputy editor at Alatoran (2004-2008), the first independent literature magazine in Azerbaijan after the totalitarian era of the Soviet Soc-realism[10]. The magazine soon became the voice of a generation. Alatoran published new generation Azerbaijani writers, as well as translations from new American and European literature as well as Russian post-modern authors, and established itself as the leading voice of a new generation literary intellectuals in Azerbaijan. The literary group is known today mostly for its dissident voice criticizing the state policy and certain tendencies of the society.

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