domingo, 7 de enero de 2018

Books best 2017 - THE PRESIDENT'S GARDENS

4 THE PRESIDENT'S GARDENS BY MUHSIN AL-RAMLI 

This freshly translated novel is a harrowing depiction of the atrocities the ordinary Iraqi has endured for the past half-century. Ibrahim the Fated survives the horrors of war only to become a gardener in the palace of the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, in whose opulent gardens he is forced to bury thousands of corpses. 

for the Iraqi perspective, turn to Muhsin al-Ramli’s The President’s Gardens, translated by Luke Leafgren (Maclehose), which follows a group of friends growing up under Saddam Hussein. 

The President’s Gardens, By Muhsin Al-Ramli
Many of us are used to seeing Iraq on the news, a Country making headlines or being part of that special report on the news. But what do we really know? How much of an insight do we really have on a part of the world which has often been reduced to a handful of events such as the end of the Saddam Hussein regime, the Gulf War and the 2003 invasion?