A Novel of Iraqi ExileBook - 2008
Like millions around the world, Iraqi exile Zubaida watches the invasion on her television. As she sits in her apartment in Berlin, the unreal and constantly flickering images of US forces closing in on Baghdad are her only connection to the war a world away. But unlike most viewers, she can remember the city of her childhood, where memories of her loving grandmother and of attending movies with her father mix with nightmarish images of hangings in Al-Tahrir Square. Struggling to deal with the horror on the television and the ghosts of her memory, Zubaida, in her grief, creates her own world, one in which she can almost go home.
Haunting and lyrical, Zubaida's Window reveals the individual costs of war and the resilience of those who live through it.
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Much of the Arabic-speaking world has been in the spotlight as of late, so I'd like to spotlight some of its literature. Take a look at Center for the Reader's list (and display, pictured below) of Arabic (and diaspora) fiction, which includes these gems: Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea A "Scheherazade-like" peek into the lives of upper-class Saudi women, first published in Lebanon in 2005… (more)
From Library Staff
By an Iraqi writer exiled to Berlin in 1978, this is a stream-of-consciousness account of alienation and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.