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Description - Contemporary Iraqi Fiction by Shakir Mustafa

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780815609025
ISBN-10: 0815609027
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Shakir Mustafa

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.