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SPRING 2008 CATALOG

Contemporary Iraqi Fiction
An Anthology

 
Edited and Translated from the Arabic by Shakir Mustafa

Cloth $22.95    |    978-0-8156-0902-5    |    2008


Podcasts
1. Listen to editor/translator Shakir Mustafa’s reading and response to audience questions at the Noah Webster Library,
West Hartford Public Library, CT, November 1, 2008

Listen icon Listen to the podcast   17 minutes         (free QuickTime for podcast)
Audience questions:
a. How did you communicate with the writers assembled in the anthology?
b. Are there differences in what is being written from one Arab country to another?
c. Please tell us about the educational systems in Arab and Gulf countries?

2. Listen to Bill Marx, of PRI’s The World, talk to Shakir Mustafa:
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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.

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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 of 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 of the writers and an enlightening introduction chronicling the evolution of Iraqi literature.

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Author
Shakir Mustafa is assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature at Boston University. He coedited A Century of Irish Drama: Widening the Stage and Seventeenth-Century English Poetry: An Introductory Course.

6 x 9, 200 pages, headnotes, footnotes, glossary


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