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Elaf Ali

Elaf Ali (b. 1987) was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to Sweden as a four-year-old. She spent her formative years in Kristianstad, but now lives and works in the Swedish capital as a journalist and columnist at the renowned newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. She’s also worked in television, for the Swedish national broadcaster SVT and Swedish Radio.

The autobiographical novel Who Said Anything About Love? is her debut.

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New author: Elaf Ali

Elaf Ali (b. 1987) was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to Sweden as a four-year-old. She spent her formative years in Kristianstad, but now lives and works in the Swedish capital as a journalist and columnist at the renowned newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. She’s also worked in television, for the Swedish national broadcaster SVT and Swedish Radio.

Her debut, the autobiographical novel Who Said Anything About Love? is a personal and poignant depiction of a life marked by honor oppression. A direct insight into the rules of conduct and prohibitions that permeated the upbringing of the author, and the memories of a daily oppression that the people who were closest to her exerted. It is also a story about the courage it takes to go one’s own way, and come to terms with one’s parents’ worldview and the history that’s shaped it.