5 Questions with Iraqi Novelist Ali Bader

As the U.S. Defense Secretary gave the war story a happily-ever-after and waved good-bye to Iraq, I remained dismayed at how little Iraqi narratives have been heard by Anglo readers. One of the few (well, two that I can think of) novels that address post-2003 Iraq that’s been published in English is The Tobacco Keeper, … Continue reading 5 Questions with Iraqi Novelist Ali Bader

Why Americans Should (or Shouldn’t?) Read Ali Bader’s ‘The Tobacco Keeper’

Recently, a U.S.-based professor and I were discussing the possibility of teaching Ali Bader’s The Tobacco Keeper (in translation) to undergraduates. Or rather, I suggested the novel, and she – after flipping through the book – said she’d want to read the book, but probably wouldn’t teach it. One reason not to teach the book was … Continue reading Why Americans Should (or Shouldn’t?) Read Ali Bader’s ‘The Tobacco Keeper’