A Brief Biography
Naqqash was born in
Baghdad, Iraq, (the first child of six children) to a wealthy Jewish
family. He was sent to school at the age of 4, and started writing when
he was six years old. At the age of 13 he immigrated with his family to
Israel. His father's death at a young age, a couple of years latter,
deeply, and he was determined to leave the country and find himself.
From 1958 to 1962 he lived in Turkey, Iran and then India and again
Difficulties he faced forced him to return to Israel.
But all this time he never ceased writing in his native tongue, Arabic.
After his return to Israel he took various jobs, including a
News Editor in the Arabic Department of Israel Broadcasting Station.
In the academic year of 1972/3 he started his studies at the Hebrew
Jerusalem, (curriculum vitae) and
in 1978 he started his Doctorate work on the subject "Demons
and Spirits and other metaphysical powers in the belief of the Baghdadi
Jews, and their daily customs". After three years of fieldwork,
information gathering and writing, the research was deferred since no
expert in this subject was found in Israel.
His first book
Al Khata (The Mistake) was published in 1971 and up till now he has
books including novels, stories collections and plays.
He won three times the Prime Minister Prize for literature: in 1981
book Yawm Habalat Wa ajhadat Al Dunia (The
Day in Which The World Was Conceived and Miscarried) which has been
into Hebrew by his sister, Ruthy Naqqash, in 1985 - for his book
A indama Taskutu Adla Al Muthalathat (When
the Sides of Triangles fall), and in 1988 he was awarded the
Sabbatical Prize for Creation for one year.
His works are studied in three Universities in Israel and in Tanta
University in Egypt.
Master and Doctorate works about his literature were and are written
in many countries such as Italy, England, Germany, the USA, Egypt,
The Palastinian Authority, Israel and others.
Samir Naqqash is married and a father of a daughter and two sons.
There are still novels, stories, short novels and research studies
that he did not publish as yet.
Samir Naqqash will most welcome
to cooperate in the translation of his works
into other languages