Each stood combing their hair and tidying their clothes and looking at themselves; some admiring themselves and some gazing at their reflections in despair.
“From the events I recount in this memoir, you will understand that next to my name in the Unknown World or beside it at the moment I was born, the only comment inscribed must have been: ‘Faleeha Hassan will coexist with war for most of the years of her life.'”
And so it was that—after a lifetime spent as peaceable as a hen—I found myself face to face with a hired killer.
Submissions have opened for Shakomako’s print issue and for the British Centre for Literary Translation’s new conference ‘Stylistic Border Crossings in and Beyond Translation’.
Iraqi novelist Hadiya Hussein recommends five works of Iraqi literature.
“Wars shrouded every corner of our country with some painful tale, and I built Narjis’ character out of what happened to many.”
“I remember another waterfall—how we left the dirt road and walked down towards the shore. Clear water flowing over the pebbles deepened in the middle of the river, so that leaving the shore became an adventure, and made the small island packed with trees appear distant, despite how close it actually was.”
As the police closed in, the protesters began to retreat, individually and in groups.
Yasmeen Hanoosh’s forthcoming short-story collection أطفال الجنة المنكوبة (Children of an Afflicted Paradise) was one of our “30 Reads: A Month of Iraqi Women Writers.” One short story from that […]