Iraq + 100 by Hassan Blasim
Stories from Another Iraq

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I did not enjoy this collection. Enjoyment is beside the point. One does not enjoy being shown the child in Omelas' basement. But it's crucial to see, crucial to negotiate one's position to that child with clear eyes. I admire the achievement of this collection greatly...
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Iraq + 100 poses a question to contemporary Iraqi writers: what might your home city look like in the year 2103 – exactly 100 years after the disastrous American and British-led invasion of Iraq? How might that war reach across a century of repair and rebirth, and affect the state of the country – its politics, its religion, its language, its culture – and how might Iraq have finally escaped its chaos, and found its own peace, a hundred years down the line? As well as being an exercise in escaping the politics of the present, this anthology is also an opportunity for a hotbed of contemporary Arabic writers to offer its own spin on science fiction and fantasy.
 

About Hassan Blasim

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Hassan Blasim is the winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for The Iraqi Christ. Authors include: Ali Bader, Hassan Abdulrazzak, Dhiaa al Jibaly, Ibrahim al-Marashi, Khaled Kaki, Hassan Blasim and several anonymous contributions.
 
Published December 17, 2016 by Carcanet Press Ltd.. 224 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Amal El-mohtar on Dec 10 2016

I did not enjoy this collection. Enjoyment is beside the point. One does not enjoy being shown the child in Omelas' basement. But it's crucial to see, crucial to negotiate one's position to that child with clear eyes. I admire the achievement of this collection greatly...

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