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December's Artist-in-Residence Mahmud Altaie, left, speaks with Tim Cassidy (NY Mills-based sculptor), and Regin Schwaen of Fargo (professor of architecture, NDSU) recently at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.

Fiction writer Mahmud Altaie is Dec. Artist-in-Residence

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The New York Mills Arts Retreat is pleased to announce the residency of Mahmud Altaie. He is an Iraqi novelist who has published 20 novels and short story collections. As a dissident under Saddam Hussein, he was imprisoned six times between 1963 and 1980. The English translation of his novel Saddam City relates to the story of these lengthy imprisonments.

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Mr. Altaie currently lives in Chicago, and is enjoying the peaceful small town atmosphere of New York Mills while he writes.

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