Haifa Zangana (هيفاء زنكنة - born 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq) is an Iraqi novelist, author and artist, she is most notably known for writing Women on a Journey: Between Baghdad and London. Haifa grew up in Baghdad and graduated from Baghdad University and the School of pharmacy in 1974. In the early 1970s, Haifa was imprisoned by the Baath regime but she managed to escape execution. When she was released from prison, she stayed in Iraq to continue pursuing her studies, she then went on to Syria and Lebanon were she had worked for the PLO as the manager of the pharmaceutical unit, before coming to Britain in 1976.
As a painter and writer she participated in the Eighties in various European and American publications and group exhibitions, with one-woman shows in London and Iceland. She is also a contributor to European and Arabic publications such as The Guardian, Red pepper, Al Ahram weekly and Al Quds (weekly comment), and is a founding member of the International Association of Contemporary Iraqi Studies and a member of the advisory board of the Brussel’s Tribunal on Iraq.
(From Haifa Zangana Facebook page)
- Women on a Journey: Between Baghdad and London (2001)
- Keys to a City (2000)
- The Presence of Others (1999)
- Beyond What the Eye Sees (1997)
- Through the vast halls of memory (1891)
Guardian: 'As I watch the footage, anger calcifies in my heart'