published on May 2, 2017.
This is a novel that I wanted to like more than I actually did like it. The novel was billed as a “contemporary tragedy of epic proportions”, basically it promised to tell the calamitous story of all that has befallen Iraq in the past few decades, but from an Iraqi perspective. There is much literature about the country, both non-fiction and fiction, though most we read in the West is written by us: Westerners, Americans and British. Much of this canon of work is well meaning, a lot of it is insightful and has real worth, but what has been lacking is an Iraqi voice. There is some work published by Iraqis, but not a lot.