Two new works of Iraqi lit—one a collection of poetry, one a book of short stories—have come out this fall from small indie presses in the U.K. (There’s also a novel from Aflame Books, Thirsty River, but I’m hoping it’s at the P.O. waiting for me, so more about that later.)
The Deleted Part is a collection of poems by Adnan al-Sayegh, and The Madman of Freedom Square is a short-story collection by writer-filmmaker Hassan Blasim. They’re both reviewed by Susannah Tarbush here.
Perhaps strangely (for the publisher, in any case), you can read the first—the collection of poems—on the author’s website. It’s uploaded as a PDF.
On the non-literary, political-science front, I just got an email about this new book, which looks very interesting: Cultural Cleansing in Iraq: Why Museums Were Looted, Libraries Burned and Academics Murdered.