The Madman of Freedom Square

Overview

From the Iran–Iraq War through the Occupation, this collection of fictional short stories presents an uncompromising view of the relationship between the West and Iraq, as well as a haunting critique of the postwar refugee experience. Blending allegory with historical realism and subverting expectations in an unflinching comedy of the macabre, these tales manage to be both phantasmagoric and shockingly real. For all the despair and darkness portrayed in these gripping stories—from spotlighting hostage-video ...

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Overview

From the Iran–Iraq War through the Occupation, this collection of fictional short stories presents an uncompromising view of the relationship between the West and Iraq, as well as a haunting critique of the postwar refugee experience. Blending allegory with historical realism and subverting expectations in an unflinching comedy of the macabre, these tales manage to be both phantasmagoric and shockingly real. For all the despair and darkness portrayed in these gripping stories—from spotlighting hostage-video makers in Baghdad to following human trafficking in Serbia's forests—what lingers more than the haunting images of war is the spirit of defiance and of indefatigable courage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905583256
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Hassan Blasim

Hassan Blasim is a writer, a poet, and an award-winning filmmaker. He has written for www.iraqstory.com and his first short story in English was published in Madinah: City Stories from the Middle East. Jonathan Wright has been an Arabic translator for more than 30 years and has worked as a journalist for Reuters international new agency. His first major literary translation was Taxi by Khaled el-Khamissi.

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Table of Contents

The Reality and the Record 1

An Army Newspaper 13

The Composer 21

The Virgin and the Soldier 27

The Madman of Freedom Square 37

The Corpse Exhibition 45

The Market of Stones 53

Ali's Bag 61

The Truck to Berlin 69

The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes 77

That Inauspicious Smile 85

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