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Naphtalene : a novel of Baghdad

Author: ʻĀliyah Mamdūḥ; Peter Theroux
Publisher: New York : The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The first novel by an Iraqi woman to be published in the United States, Naphtalene is the coming-of-age story of a young Iraqi girl looking to establish her female identity amidst an oppressive patriarchal society and an impending revolution." "Nine-year-old Huda is fierce, precocious, and - as described by her bullying father - more like a boy than a girl. Through her eyes, we see the growing resistance to British  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: ʻĀliyah Mamdūḥ; Peter Theroux
ISBN: 1558614923 9781558614925 1558614893 9781558614895
OCLC Number: 57414631
Description: viii, 214 pages ; 23 cm
Other Titles: Ḥabbāt al-naftālīn.
Responsibility: Alia Mamdouh ; translated by Peter Theroux ; foreword by Hélène Cixous ; afterword by F.A. Haidar.

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"The first novel by an Iraqi woman to be published in the United States, Naphtalene is the coming-of-age story of a young Iraqi girl looking to establish her female identity amidst an oppressive patriarchal society and an impending revolution." "Nine-year-old Huda is fierce, precocious, and - as described by her bullying father - more like a boy than a girl. Through her eyes, we see the growing resistance to British colonial influence in 1950s Baghdad as Huda becomes aware of the restrictions placed on her as an Iraqi girl. Surrounded by unhappy women chained to their fates, free-spirited Huda rebels against the expectations of her society. She explores the sensuality of being a young woman, defying the men who hem her in. Huda's proud journey towards womanhood is framed by Alia Mamdouh's fiery and lyrical prose, which brings us the sights and sounds of Baghdad against the backdrop of political turmoil."--Jacket.

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