Country: Iraq

Year of Birth: 1967


Sinan Antoon (Baghdad, 1967) is a poet, novelist, and translator. He left Iraq in 1991 after the Gulf War. He got his PhD from Harvard in 2006, and is currently associate professor of Arabic literature at NYU, New York where he now lives. He is the co-founder and co-editor of the e-zine Jadaliyya, which is published in Arabic and English.

The pomegranate alone was awarded “Le prix de la littérature arabe”, for the Best Arabic book translated into French.


Of loss and lavender | Khuzama (2023)
Index | Fihris  (2015)
Ave Maria | Ya maryam (2012)
The pomegranate alone | Wahdaha shajarat al rumman (2010)
I’jam: An Iraqi rhapsody | I’jam (2004)
The Bagdad blues

In the press

“The pomegranate alone”

“Superb” — L’Express, 2017

One of the most extraordinary novels that I’ve read” — Alberto Manguel, 2013

“A compact masterpiece, a taut, powerful and utterly absorbing tale” — The National, 2013

Sinan Antoon’s The Corpse Washer [ The pomegranate alone ] offers a moving literary elegy… It must be read.” — The Kenyon review, 2013

“A stark portrait of contemporary Iraq.”– NPR, 2014

Powerful”Warscapes, 2013

Remarkable novel that in 184 pages captures the experience of an Iraqi everyman” — Three percent, 2013


“Ave Maria”

“Visceral yet poetic” — World literature today, 2016

“A novel of rare brillianceThe National, 2017

A star of modern Arabic fiction” — The Christian Century, 2017



Of loss and lavender (2023)

Actes Sud, Sindbad (forthcoming, France)


Index (2015)

University Press (2019, USA)
Green books (2019, Malayalam / India)
Hopefulmonster (2023, Italy)

Ave Maria (2012)

Turner (2014, Spain)
Hoopoe, AUC (2017, under the title “The Bagdad Eucharist”, World English / Egypt)
Sindbad, Actes Sud (2018, France)
Laguna, (2020, Serbia)
Ugla Publishing (2023, Iceland)


The Pomegranate Alone (2010) 

Yale University Press (2014, under the title “The Corpse Washer”, USA)
Sindbad, Actes Sud (2017, France)
Aylak Adam (2018, Turkey)
Prozart (2018, Macedonia)
Green books (2019, Malayalam / India)
Kastaniotis (2019, Greece)
Petrine Knige (2022, Croatia)


I’jam: An Iraqi Rhapsody

City lights book (2006, USA)
Feltrineli (Italy)
Globo (Brazil)


The Baghdad blues

Harbor Mountain Press  (USA)

[Updated July 2023]