Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

Absent – Betool Khedairi

 Translated from the Arabic by Muhayman Jamil Five words from the blurb: Baghdad, apartment, bombings, arrests, honey Absent is set in a crowded Baghdad apartment building and follows the lives of the residents as they endure bombings, arrests and the international sanctions of the 1990s. The central character is Dalal, a young woman who was abandoned at birth. Living with […]

The Weight of a Mustard Seed – Wendell Steavenson

The Weight of a Mustard Seed attempts to discover why ordinary people were driven to commit evil acts under the orders of Saddam Hussein. The author,  Wendell Steavenson, is a journalist who travelled to Iraq many times between 2002 and 2005 interviewing the friends and family of General Kamel Sachet; a decorated hero of the Iran-Iraq war and […]

My Father’s Paradise – Ariel Sabar

Winner of National Book Critics Circle Award: Best Biography 2008 I bought this book after reading Violet’s review. I don’t read much non-fiction, but this one sounded too good to miss!  My Father’s Paradise is written by journalist, Ariel Sabar, who decides to use his investigative skills to trace the history of his father, a man […]