Samira al-Man`a (1935-) (سميرة المانع) Iraqi novelist and short-story writer born in Basra. She studied Arabic literature at Baghdad University. She has lived in London since 1965. She is currently the deputy editor of the London-based al-Ightirab al-adabi. In 1990 she spent three months at the International Writing Program at Iowa University. She also took part in the World Writers' Fair in Toronto.
(From Arab Women Writers A Critical reference Guide by Radwa Ashour & Feryal Ghazoul)
- al-Sabiqun wa-l-lahiqun (The First and the Last, novel). Beirut: Dar al-'Awda, 1972.
- al-Ghina' (Singing, short stories). Baghdad: Dar al-Hurriya, 1976.
- al-Thuna'iya al-Lunduniya (The London Duology, novel). London: Ithaca Press, 1979.
- Hab! al-surra (Umbilical Cord, novel). London: al-Ightirab al-Adabi Publications, 1990.
- al-Nisf faqat (Only Half, play). London: Panorama Ltd., 1994.
- al-Qami'un (The Subduers, novel). Damascus: Dar al-Mada, 1997.
- al-Ruh wa ghayruha (The Spirit and Other Things, short stories). Beirut: al-Intishar al-'Arabi Foundation, 1999.