The Truth and the Story in ‘The Actual True Story of Ahmed and Zarga’

The novel is a caper with a serious bent, an ecocritical story from a context where life was never anthropocentric enough to need "posthumanism."

The Iraqi ‘Irvine Kafka Poe’

The comparison is both oddly specific and also strangely unhelpful: Blasim is “Iraq’s Irvine Welsh.” Yes, yes, Irvine Welsh is a name I should instantly recognize. But to be honest, I had forgotten why. Irvine, my brain said. Irvine, California? Worse, my brain had linked the name "Irvine Welsh" to novels and screenplays by the American writer Peter Hedges.