A classic account of senseless brutality under
The trauma of recent Iraqi history is seen through the eyes of young Jawad, a Baghdad Shia born into a family that prepares bodies for burial. Jawad tries to escape the trade, firstly by studying art and then by emigrating, but events draw him back to the family's mortuary, which ironically becomes an oasis of humanity in a city of crazy violence. Antoon, also a poet, turns what might have been a morbid tale into a lyrical meditation on fate and man's humble place in the world.
by Hassan Blasim (
Short stories by a maverick Iraqi filmmaker with a surreal approach to his homeland. Like many of the best-known Iraqi writers, Blasim lives in exile, in his case in
This acclaimed novel, set in the northern city of
by Inaam Kachachi (
In a more populist vein, Iraqi journalist Kachachi tells the story of an American-Iraqi woman of Assyrian parentage who goes back to
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- Iran's Regional Quagmire
- The Saudi-Iranian Rivalry and the Future of Middle East Security
- Iran's Internal Politics
- Iran's Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons in a Regional Context
- Israeli Apology to Turkey Big First Step But Not Sea Change
- Israel's Insightful Cynicism
- Settlements Still Blocking Middle East Peace Agreement
- With Bus Segregation Israeli Apartheid Becomes More Blatant
- Is Egypt Being Primed for a Coup?
- The Somaliazation of Syria
- Western Intervention in Syria Long Overdue
- Promoting Peace, But Fueling War in Syria
- Flight of Fancy
- Would the Turkish Model Work in Arab Spring Countries?
- Kerry Talks Regional Issues With Gulf Arab Leaders
- Export Oil, Import Water: The Middle East's Risky Economics
- Syrians Risk Their Health to Keep Warm
- Evidence of Syrian Cluster Bomb Use
- Syrian Rebels Capture Most of Key City
- Iranian Nuclear Program World's 'Greatest Challenge'
- Self-Interested Leaders Roil Chaos in Middle East
- Is the American Shadow War Helping Yemen?
- Yemen Faces Talibanization
- Iraq: Washington Looks Away
- Iraq: Three Costly Lessons from the Invasion
- One Day The World Will Thank Bush For Shaking Up The Arab Region
- Iraq: Problems in the Pipeline
- 'The Gatekeepers'
- Palestinians Hope to Tell Their Story Through the Oscars
- Hamas Leaders Keep Low Profile in West Bank
- The Dreams and Dilemmas of Iraqi Kurdistan
- Women Struggle to Find Their Role in Syrian Revolution
- The Consequences of Intervening in Syria
- Syrian Refugees in Iraq Face Harsh Winter
- Syrian Citizens Stuck Between Regime's Rock and the Rebels' Hard Place
- Syrian Businesses Take Refuge in Jordan as War Ravages Aleppo
- Iran's Survival Strategy
- Egyptians Struggle to Keep Hope
- Call for Investigation into Post-Revolution Deaths in Egypt
- Egypt's Hazardous Roads and Railways
- Israel's First-Timers Position for Their 'Moments' in New Government
- Iraq's Sadr Demands 'Fair Implementation' of National Security Laws
- Israel Vows to Build in West Bank Site After Evicting Protesters
- Jerusalem Residents Rejoice: 'Let it Snow, Let it Snow'
- Iran Willing to Resume Nuclear Talks as Sanctions Bite Hard
(c) 2013 By Joel Brinkley, "Jonathan Wright's Iraq Reading List"