He was born in 1973 in Baghdad, Iraq. At 19, Abbas Khider was arrested for his political activities and spent two years in prison. After his release, he fled from Iraq in 1996 and spent time in various countries as an “illegal” refugee. Since 2000, Khider has lived in Germany, studied philosophy and literature in Munich and Potsdam, and has published poems in Arabic and German. In 2008, his first novel Der falsche Inder was released, for which he received the Adelbert von Chamisso Promotional Prize in 2010. Since 2010, he has also been a member of PEN. Khider lives and works in Berlin.
He has received a number of scholarships, including the 2009 Alfred Döblin Prize, a work grant from the Deutscher Literaturfonds, and an honorary certificate for literature from the Iraqi society for the promotion of culture (ICSA) in 2010, the Villa Aurora grant in 2011, as well as the London scholarship in 2013. In 2013, he had the opportunity to work with the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Border Crossers scholarship and also as a literature-grant recipient in Künstlerhaus Edenkoben. He lectured on poetry at the University of Koblenz-Landau and was also the Heinrich Heine guest lecturer.
Hilde-Domin-Preis für Literatur im Exil, 2013
Nelly-Sachs-Preis und Melusine-Huss-Preis, 2013
Stadtschreiber in Mainz 2017
Novel. C. Hanser Verlag, Munich 2016
Brief in die Auberginenrepublik.
Novel. Edition Nautilus, Hamburg 2013
Die Orangen des Präsidenten.
Edition Nautilus, Hamburg 2011
Der falsche Inder.
Novel. Edition Nautilus, Hamburg 2008
»Massaker im Hausgarten«.
Poem. In: Khalid Al-Maaly (Hrsg.), Rückkehr aus dem Krieg. Eine Anthologie zeitgenössischer Lyrik aus dem Irak. Kirsten Gutke Verlag, Köln/Frankfurt am Main 2008