Samira Azzam


Samira Azzam
(سميرة عزام), was born in Acre, Palestine in 1927. The daughter of a Christian Orthodox goldsmith, she completed her basic education, and began working as a school teacher there at the age of sixteen. She was later appointed to the post of headmistress of a girls' school. She worked for a living, had no university training, and was largely self-taught. In her late teens she became an occasional contributor of reviews and original stories to the newspaper Filastin (Jaffa), under the pen name "Fatat al-sahel" (Girl of the Coast).

After fleeing wilh her family to Lebanon in 1948, she worked as a teacher before entering the field of radio broadcasting. She is familiar to many Arabs simply because she was heard so often on the radio. Her first job in broadcasting was with the Near East Arab Broadcasting Slation (NEABS),' She later worked for radio stations in Iraq and 'Kuwait and taped malerial for the Jordanian station and the Voice of Palesline in Cairo.

She lived and wrote mainly in Lebanon from 1948 until her early death in a car accident in 1967. She was married to a national of Iraq, a country in which she had worked as a broadcaster, for a short time.

She wrote two novels and published four collections of short stories, of which the last was Al-insanu wal sa’aa (Man and the Clock); she also translated Ray West’s Fifty Years of American Fiction.

(From website)

Publications: (Arabic)

  • Ashya' saghira (Small Things, short stories). Beirut: 1954
  • al-Zill al-kabir (The Big Shadow, short stories). Beirut: 1956
  • Qisas ukhra (Other Stories, short stories). Beirut: 1960
  • al-Sa`a wa-i-insan (The Clock and the Man, short stories). Beirut: 1963
  • al-`Id la ya'ti min al-nafidha al-gharbiya (The Holiday Doesn't Come from the Western window, short stories). Beirut: 1971
  • Asda' (Echoes, short stories). Beirut: 1997

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