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Compatriots

 Compatriots I only got that job thanks to the sheer chance which made me pick the Evening Standard from one of the empty seats. I used to follow Stars and the English football news in that paper whenever I chanced upon it on the underground. Perhaps the inevitable stopping of …

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Video Dreams

Video Dreams     It was a quite morning like the others, peaked with grey clouds, as Hussein was woken by the soft ringing of the bell. But as usual, it did not arouse his curiosity at all, as who knocks at the door in this city without an appointment, …

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Secret

Secret   “I will tell you an important secret that will turn your lives upside down,” Hadi said in a serious voice which made our ears prick up in deference to him, and instead of revealing it to us he remained silent, letting his eyes wander among our dusty faces …

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Delusion

Delusion Her voice was soft and trembling with childlike delight, when she whispered in his ear: “wake up Mustapha, we’re going out,” and her gentle hand rested on his shoulder, rocking him slowly. After a long wait Eid had arrived at last, as if coming from a faraway land, and …

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The Ice Guard

  The Ice Guard Doubts in the reality of what happened that night still seduced us whenever we met, and when one of us recalled its events, silence and despondency surrounded our gathering, and our eyes would cleave to the door, expecting its movement at any moment, so that Jasim …

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My Father’s Paradise

 My Father’s Paradise: a Son’s Search for his his Family’s Past By Ariel Sabar, Reviewed by Luay Abdulilah  ,Algonquin Books, 2009. £9.99 American author Ariel Sabar traces his father’s life from its beginnings in an isolated Jewish community in Iraqi Kurdistan, through to his immigration to Israel and eventual settlement …

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THE BAGHDAD DIARY NOTES FROM A JOURNEY BACK

OBSCURE SIGNAL (An excerpt from THE BAGHDAD DIARY NOTES FROM A JOURNEY BACK) Translated from the Arabic by Hisham Matar   In  2003, after 26 years of not being able to visit the city I grew up in, I boarded a plane for Baghdad. I remember the last time I …

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Absence Of Wisdom And Reality In The Iraqi Political Mind Is The Road To Occupation

Al-Hayat    20/08/ 2003 Hegel says that the present we live is influenced by the past. This is highly applicable on current events in Iraq. Its modern government established in 1921 magically collapsed blowing all the amazing efforts the politicians and administrators made in developing the nation project, into thin air. Iraq, to …

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Luay Abdulilah – Comedy of Divine Love

Luay Abdulilah is an Iraqi fiction writer, translator, essayist and Arabic lecturer who has resided in London since 1985. He has published three collections of short stories, a novel and written for Arabic newspapers and magazines including Al-Hayat and Azzaman. He has worked as a full-time translator for Asharqalawsat newspaper and …

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Comedy of Divine Love

According to an old proverb, there are three cities in the life of every man or woman: the city of birth, the city of residence, and the city of which one dreams. This trinity of real and imagined existence means that we are all exiles, driven from one city to …

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