Books set in Iraq (4)


1.

Absent : A Novel by Betool Khedairi EN

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Country: Asia / Iraq flag Iraq
Description:
Dalal is a young woman living in a crowded Baghdad apartment with the childless aunt and uncle who raised her. In the same building, Umm Mazin, a fortune-teller, offers her customers cures for their physical and romantic ailments, Saad the hairdresser attends to a dwindling number of female customers, and Ilham, a nurse, escapes the stark realities of her hospital job in dreams of her long-lost French mother. Despite the damaging effects of bombings and international sanctions on their world, all the residents try to maintain normal lives. Hoping to bring in much-needed cash by selling honey, ... continue
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Recommended: 02 Sep 2023

2.

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi translated by Jonathan Wright EN

Rating: 4     9 Votes
Country: Asia / Iraq flag Iraq
Description:
*Man Booker International Prize finalist* “Brave and ingenious.” —The New York Times “Gripping, darkly humorous . . . profound.” —Phil Klay, bestselling author and National Book Award winner for Redeployment “Extraordinary . . . A devastating but essential read.” —Kevin Powers, bestselling author and National Book Award finalist for The Yellow Birds From the rubble-strewn streets of U.S.-occupied Baghdad, Hadi—a scavenger and an oddball fixture at a local café—collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse. His goal, he claims, is for the government to recognize the pa... continue
Recommended: 28 Apr 2018

3.
God in Pink

God in Pink : A Novel by Hasan Namir EN

Rating: 4     3 Votes
Country: Asia / Iraq flag Iraq
Description:
A Globe 100 Best Book of the Year Lambda Literary Award winner The debut book by Hasan Namir is a revelatory novel about being queer and Muslim, set in war-torn Iraq in 2003. Ramy is a closeted university student whose parents have died, and who lives under the close scrutiny of his strict brother and sister-in-law. They exert pressure on him to find a wife, leaving him anguished and struggling to find a balance between his sexuality, religion, and culture. Desperate for counsel, he seeks the advice of Ammar, a sheikh at a local mosque, whose tolerance is challenged by the contradictions betwe... continue
Recommended: 30 Apr 2023

4.

The Corpse Exhibition: And Other Stories of Iraq by Hassan Blasim EN

Rating: 3.5     6 Votes
Country: Asia / Iraq flag Iraq
Description:
The first major literary work about the Iraq War from an Iraqi perspective, the Corpse Exhibition shows us the war as we have never seen it before. Here is a world not only of soldiers and assassins, hostages and car bombers, refugees and terrorists
Recommended: 14 Sep 2022


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