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Flowers of flame: unheard voices of Iraq

Author: Sadek Mohammed
Publisher: East Lansing, Mich. : Michigan State University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Despite years of war and tsunamis of sound bites, this will be the first opportunity many readers will have to meet Iraqis as real human beings, speaking heart to heart. In these pages are the unheard voices of Iraq: men and women, Sunnis, Shias, and Kurds. These poems were collected, as the war raged all around them, by Iraqis living and working in Baghdad. This is their message to the world, one that transcends  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Flowers of flame: unheard voices of Iraq.
East Lansing, Mich. : Michigan State University Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)609295501
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sadek Mohammed
ISBN: 9780870138423 0870138421
OCLC Number: 234073731
Description: xv, 96 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: edited by Sadek Mohammed [and others].
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"Despite years of war and tsunamis of sound bites, this will be the first opportunity many readers will have to meet Iraqis as real human beings, speaking heart to heart. In these pages are the unheard voices of Iraq: men and women, Sunnis, Shias, and Kurds. These poems were collected, as the war raged all around them, by Iraqis living and working in Baghdad. This is their message to the world, one that transcends all the barriers dividing present-day Iraq." "Iraq's poets have suffered imprisonment, exile, and death for the truths they have dared to tell. Poetry is not a luxury in Iraq, but a vital part of the struggle for the nation's future. This is poetry that is feared by tyrants and would-be tyrants. You will find joy here as well as struggle. Arabic poetry has a long and rich tradition of ecstatic love, whimsical humor, and philosophic insight. Remarkably, charm and lightness of touch abound. Even the war invites you to a picnic from which you will not return untouched. Many of these poems were written in response to the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. "Tomorrow the War Will Have a Picnic," for instance, was composed on the eve of the "shock and awe" campaign against Baghdad. We see here, through Iraqi eyes, the fall of Saddam's statue, his trial, the ongoing sectarian violence, and the foreign invaders on both sides of the struggle."--Jacket.

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Flowers of Flame: the war through Iraqi eyes

by danveach (WorldCat user published 2008-08-27) Excellent Permalink

   Flowers of Flame is the first collection of Iraqi poetry in English since the Iraq War began in 2003. In it, we see the events of the war through Iraqi eyes: the invasion, the fall of Saddam's statue, his trial and execution, the sectarian strife, the hardships of the people,...
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