Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea

Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea

by Dunya Mikhail
     
 

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An impressionistic memoir by the award-winning Iraqi-American writer, Dunya Mikhail, Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea covers her earliest sensations of childhood to a more complicated grasp of death, beginning with the death of her father to the Gulf War and the subsequent Iraqi War.
Mikhail writes: “Death always looks for us. It comes from beyond the

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An impressionistic memoir by the award-winning Iraqi-American writer, Dunya Mikhail, Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea covers her earliest sensations of childhood to a more complicated grasp of death, beginning with the death of her father to the Gulf War and the subsequent Iraqi War.
Mikhail writes: “Death always looks for us. It comes from beyond the continents. It crosses long distances holding a basket of fire in its hand.”
The two halves of Mikhail's book merge past and present in a lyrical memoir that moves between memories of her childhood, her father's death, her Iraqi poet-peers and friends, her job as a journalist for the Baghdad Observer, and culminates with the birth of her daughter Larsa.

Editorial Reviews

David Varno - The Brooklyn Rail
“A special treat — Mikhail preserve[s] the vitality of her nurturing milieu [with] the strength to … endure in a new world.”
The Brooklyn Rail - David Varno
“A special treat — Mikhail preserve[s] the vitality of her nurturing milieu [with] the strength to … endure in a new world.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811218313
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
05/05/2009
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Dunya Mikhail was born in Iraq in 1965. While working as a journalist for the Baghdad Observer, she faced increasing threats from the authorities and fled to the United States in the late 1990s. In 2001, she was awarded the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. Her first poetry book in English, The War Works Hard, was named one of 2005’ twenty-five Books toRemember by the New York Public Library and Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea won the 2010 Arab American Book Award for poetry. Mikhail teaches atOakland University, Michigan.

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