BANIPAL BOOK CLUB
“Dark and chilling genius.” The novel was reviewed in Banipal 52 and you can read the review on the Banipal website:
is a powerful tale of revenge and bitterness, set between Iraq and Madrid. Its protagonist, Saleem, grows up in a strict and religious family village but later flees to Madrid to start a new life. But when he finds his father Noah in a Madrid nightclub, ten years after his last encounter with him, Saleem is forced to revisit his past and seek answers to some of the questions that haunt him. The novel is a tale of revenge and family honour, exploring the difficulties of escaping one’s home country, even in exile.
Although subtitled , much of the action occurs outside Iraq. Banipal described as “first and foremost an exploration of exile in the modern world“, a subject close to the author’s heart. Muhsin Al-Ramli is a novelist, poet, translator and academic who writes in both Arabic and Spanish. He was born in Sudayra in northern Iraq in 1967 and went into exile in 1993 after the government’s persecution of his family, including the execution of his brother in 1990. He currently lives in Madrid.
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