"In the last week of our series on Iraq’s diverse literary scene — curated by Hend Saeed — we focus on Diaa Jubaili's The Lion of Basra, which is set amongst the fragmentation of Iraq's different religious communities."
"In the quiet, slow-growing love between Elias and Helen, the reader experiences the polar opposite of the slave market and the horrors in Ayash's house."
"Why was I sitting here, wearing this uniform, with these people whose language I hardly understood?"
"The word eib rings in my head, it is eib to love, to sing, to get sick, to divorce, to show your emotions...and.…and. I felt these social chains were burdening me with fear, despair, and confusion, and I almost abandoned work on the book, but when I looked at the materials that I had collected, I knew that if I didn’t publish it now, it would never be published.”
"Often, readers tell me I should write about one subject or another, and I don’t like this sort of relationship, where readers approach the writer as though they're a machine or a mythical creature."
"There is just too much emphasis on women as barometers for society."