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Farewell, Babylon

Author: Naïm Kattan; Sheila Fischman
Publisher: New York : Taplinger Publishing Company, 1980. ©1976
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Translations
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Naïm Kattan; Sheila Fischman
ISBN: 0800825985 9780800825980
OCLC Number: 5830513
Notes: Translation of Adieu, Babylone.
Description: 191 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Adieu, Babylone.
Responsibility: Naim Kattan ; translated from the French by Sheila Fischman.

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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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