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The Strangers We Became: Lessons in Exile from One of Iraq's Last Jews

The Strangers We Became: Lessons in Exile from One of Iraq's Last Jews

by Cynthia Kaplan Shamash


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611688054
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: HBI Series on Jewish Women Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Considered an expert on the Iraqi-Jewish archive and diaspora, CYNTHIA KAPLAN SHAMASH has spoken widely about her experiences and published an op-ed in the New York Times. She was elected to the board of the World Organization of Jews from Iraq in 2011 and currently lives in New York City, where she has her own dentistry practice and is married with five children.

Table of Contents

Preface • Refugees in Updos • Statelessness • Angels and Whores • Soaked • The Truant • The Wayfarer • The Student • The Virgin • The Shrink • Ketetquah

What People are Saying About This

Amatzia Baram

“Powerful and moving, Shamash’s book is a fascinating odyssey, as well as a treasure trove for anthropologists in its riveting testimony of the last days of Jewish society in Iraq and its re-planting in the strange soil of the West. Communicated with surprising humor and jest, her descriptions of the puzzlement and confusion she felt, but also her defiance, are a masterpiece.”

Lucette Lagnado

“Cynthia Kaplan Shamash has produced a deeply moving memoir of exile and longing centered around her Iraqi Jewish family as they navigate an increasingly perilous world marked by cruel, often deadly anti-Jewish attacks. Wondrous and poetic, but also searing and terrifying, this is a stirring and important contribution to the literature exploring what became of the Jews of Arab lands.”

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