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Farewell, Babylon: Coming of Age in Jewish Baghdad
     

Farewell, Babylon: Coming of Age in Jewish Baghdad

by Naim Kattan
 

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ISBN-10: 1567923364

ISBN-13: 2901567923369

Pub. Date: 04/28/2007

Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.

In Farewell, Babylon, Naim Kattan takes readers into the heart of exotic mid-19th-century Baghdad's then-teeming Jewish community. Jews had lived in Iraq for 25 centuries, long before the time of Christ or Muhammad, but anti-Semitism and nationalism were on the rise. In this beautifully written memoir, a young boy comes of age and describes his discoveries &

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In Farewell, Babylon, Naim Kattan takes readers into the heart of exotic mid-19th-century Baghdad's then-teeming Jewish community. Jews had lived in Iraq for 25 centuries, long before the time of Christ or Muhammad, but anti-Semitism and nationalism were on the rise. In this beautifully written memoir, a young boy comes of age and describes his discoveries — of work, literature, patriotism, the joys of lazy Sundays swimming in the Tigris. He also talks eloquently of his greatest discovery: women and love. This is a story of roots and exile, of thirst for life and life's experiences. However, more than that it is a tribute to a lost world, an ancient Eastern city in which Iraq’s Kurds, Bedouins, Sunnis, Shiites, Chaldeans, Catholics, and Jews all lived together in a rough, rewarding sort of harmony.

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ISBN-13:
2901567923369
Publisher:
Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224

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