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Iraq+100: Stories from a Century After the Invasion


ISBN: 978-1905583669

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Comma Press, 2016
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm

Iraq + 100 poses a question to ten Iraqi writers: what might your country look like in the year 2103 a century after the disastrous American- and British-led invasion, and 87 years down the line from its current, nightmarish battle for survival? How might the effects of that one intervention reach across a century of repercussions, and shape the lives of ordinary Iraqi citizens, or influence its economy, culture, or politics? Might Iraq have finally escaped the cycle of invasion and violence triggered by 2003 and, if so, what would a new, free Iraq look like?

Covering a range of approaches from science fiction, to allegory, to magic realism these stories use the blank canvas of the future to explore the nation s hopes and fears in equal measure. Along the way a new aesthetic for the Iraqi fantastical begins to emerge: thus we meet time-travelling angels, technophobic dictators, talking statues, macabre museum-worlds, even hovering tiger-droids, and all the time buoyed by a dark, inventive humour that, in itself, offers hope.

Featuring writings by Anoud Anoud, Hassan Abdulrazzak, Ibrahim Al-Marashi, Zhraa Alhaboby, Ali Bader, Hassan Blasim, Mortada Gzar, Jalal Hasan, Diaa Jubaili & Khalid Kaki.

Translated by Jonathan Wright, Elisabeth Jaquette, Andrew Leber, Katharine Halls, Emre Bennett, Adam Talib, and Max Weiss.

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