DIVINE NAMES: A Modern Tale on the Possibilities of Being


This week you should treat your shelf with a novel published by Leeds’ very own Mira Publishing House. If you are looking for a book to read over the holidays that has a little more substance than the average holiday read then why not give Divine Names a try

Written by Luay Abdul-ilah, Divine Names is a modern tale regarding  the possibilities of being. The novel was originally published in Arabic under a different title: Comedy of Divine Love. It tells the story of a group of Iraqi expats in the 1950’s living in London and how their lives link and intertwine. As a result, you get four books in one with characters whose lives have been turned upside down

For the characters in this novel, Iraq, or at least the abstract idea of an idealised and stylised Iraq, is what keeps them alive; while the reality of Iraq kills them, in both physical and spiritual terms. Abdulilah manages to capture complex human emotions throughout the book exploring guilt, anxiety and nostalgia. The to-ing and fro-ing between moments in time, characters and narratives is bound to keep your attention

Mira Publishing House is a Leeds based publisher who promote an international understanding through the translation and publishing of a variety  of literature from all over the world, they should certainly be on your  radar

Bella Davis

Book Cover Design: Lowrain Mohammad

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