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Description - Zubaida's Window by Iqbal Al-Qazwini

This is a noted Iraqi journalist's fictional narrative of an Iraqi exile watching her country destroyed on television. In the first novel in English by an Iraqi to focus on the 2003 invasion, Al-Qazwini masterfully describes the tortured psyche of a woman who fled Iraq but still longs for her homeland. 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 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 grandmother's love 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, Zuibaida, 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781558615724
ISBN-10: 1558615725
Format: Paperback
(222mm x 144mm x mm)
Pages: 135
Imprint: Feminist Press at The City University of New York
Publisher: Feminist Press at The City University of New York
Publish Date: 1-May-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Iqbal Al-Qazwini

An Iraqi exile with a human rights background, Iqbal Al-Qazwini has lived in Berlin since 1978. She is a noted freelance journalist for various Arab and German media; her articles have appeared in Asharq Al-Awsat, the most widely circulated Arabic daily, and Transnational Broadcasting Studies. In 1993, Al-Qazwini was elected to the International PEN World Association of Writers.