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The Iraqi Christ (Paperback)

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Shortlisted for the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014

A soldier with the ability to predict the future finds himself blackmailed by an insurgent into the ultimate act of terror...

Fleeing a robbery, a Baghdad shopkeeper falls into a deep hole, at the bottom of which sits a djinni and the corpse of a soldier from a completely different war...

From legends of the desert to horrors of the forest, Blasim's stories blend the fantastic with the everyday, the surreal with the all-too-real. Taking his cues from Kafka, his prose shines a dazzling light into the dark absurdities of Iraq's recent past and the torments of its countless refugees. The subject of this, his second collection, is primarily trauma and the curious strategies human beings adopt to process it (including, of course, fiction). The result is a masterclass in metaphor - a new kind of story-telling, forged in the crucible of war, and just as shocking.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: Comma Press Publication Date: 28/02/2013 ISBN-13: 9781905583522  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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A visceral collection, with echoes of Gogol, Kafka and Greene, populated by the war-scarred, the exiled and the marginalised. Published by Manchester's Comma Press, Blasim's stories explore the soul-weathered, often deranged by waves of warfare. The emotional intensity of such stories as 'The Iraqi Christ' and 'Dear Beto' is staggering.

Gary, Fiction Department

 

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 16/03/2016

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