Contemporary Iraqi Fiction

Contemporary Iraqi Fiction
Author: Shakir Mustafa
Publsiher: Syracuse University Press
Total Pages: 229
Release: 2018-01-31
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780815654452

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The first anthology of its kind in the West, Contemporary Iraqi Fiction gathers work from sixteen Iraqi writers, all translated from Arabic into English. Shedding a bright light on the rich diversity Iraqi experience, Shakir Mustafa has included selections by Iraqi women, Iraqi Jews now living in Israel, and Christians and Muslims living both in Iraq and abroad. While each voice is distinct, they are united in writing about a homeland that has suffered under repression, censorship, war, and occupation. Many of the selections mirror these grim realities, forcing the writers to open up new narrative terrains and experiment with traditional forms. Muhammad Khodayyir’s surrealist portraits of his home city, Basra, in an excerpt from Basriyyatha and the magical realism of Mayselun Hadi’s “Calendars” both offer powerful expressions of the absurdity of everyday life. Themes range from childhood and family to war, political oppression, and interfaith relationships. Mustafa provides biographical sketches for the writers and an enlightening introduction, chronicling the evolution of Iraqi literature.

Pluralism in the Iraqi Novel after 2003

Pluralism in the Iraqi Novel after 2003
Author: Ronen Zeidel
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 223
Release: 2020-01-13
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781498594639

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Pluralism in the Iraqi Novel is about the use of literature and the novel to express the new content of an Iraqi national identity constructed after the American invasion of 2003. Instead of the homogenizing national identity in Iraqi literature created before 2003, postoccupation literature presents Iraqi society as a kaleidoscope of multiple religious identities converging in an accommodating Iraqi national identity. The author argues that this could not have happened without the upheaval of 2003 and its consequent results: democracy and political restructuring that incorporated Shia for the first time into the ruling political coalition in recognition of their numerical majority. Literature was consequential to processing the complicated subject of Shia-Sunni relations and the sectarian identity of each and, even more, in the wake of the geopolitical events of 2003, literature was instrument in bringing representation of the Kurds, the small minorities, and even the last Jews of Iraq to the fore. As such, literature demonstrated its revolutionary power and formed the basis for a “New Iraq.”

The Corpse Washer

The Corpse Washer
Author: Sinan Antoon
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 197
Release: 2013-07-30
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780300190601

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Born into a family of corpse washers, Jawad abandons tradition by enrolling in Baghdad's Academy of Fine Arts to study sculpting, but the conditions caused by Saddam Hussein's oppressive rule force a return home to the family business.

Zabiba and the King

Zabiba and the King
Author: Saddam Hussein
Publsiher: Virtualbookworm Publishing
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2004
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1589395859

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"This is an allegorical love story set in the mid-600s to the early 700s between a mighty king (Saddam) and a simple, yet beautiful commoner named Zabiba (the Iraqi people). Zabiba is married to a cruel and unloving husband (the United States) who forces himself upon her."--P. [4] of cover.

Women Writing and the Iraqi Ba thist State

Women  Writing and the Iraqi Ba thist State
Author: Hawraa Al-Hassan
Publsiher: Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2020-09-04
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781474441773

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Explores discourses on gender and representations of women in modern Iraqi fiction. By exploring discourses on gender in both propaganda and high art fictional writings by Iraqis, this book offers an alternative narrative of the literary and cultural history of Iraq.

Iraqi Novel

Iraqi Novel
Author: Fabio Caiani
Publsiher: Edinburgh University Press
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2013-08-31
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780748685257

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Looks in depth at four authors - Abd al-Malik Nuri, Gha'ib Tu'ma Farman, Mahdi Isa al-Saqr and Fu'ad al-Takarli - who started writing in Iraq in or around the 1950s to explore a pivotal moment in Iraqi novel writing and a neglected area of postcolonial fi

The Book of Collateral Damage

The Book of Collateral Damage
Author: Sinan Antoon
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2019-05-28
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780300228946

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Sinan Antoon returns to the Iraq war in a poetic and provocative tribute to reclaiming memory Widely-celebrated author Sinan Antoon's fourth and most sophisticated novel follows Nameer, a young Iraqi scholar earning his doctorate at Harvard, who is hired by filmmakers to help document the devastation of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. During the excursion, Nameer ventures to al-Mutanabbi street in Baghdad, famed for its bookshops, and encounters Wadood, an eccentric bookseller who is trying to catalogue everything destroyed by war, from objects, buildings, books and manuscripts, flora and fauna, to humans. Entrusted with the catalogue and obsessed with Wadood's project, Nameer finds life in New York movingly intertwined with fragments from his homeland's past and its present--destroyed letters, verses, epigraphs, and anecdotes--in this stylistically ambitious panorama of the wreckage of war and the power of memory.

I jaam

I jaam
Author: Sinan Antoon
Publsiher: City Lights Books
Total Pages: 120
Release: 2007
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 087286457X

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A risky and risqué prison memoir depicts the collective nightmare of life under Saddam.