Salam Pax: The Clandestine Diary of an Ordinary Iraqi (Paperback)Salam Pax (author)
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In September 2002, a 29-year old Iraqi architect calling himself 'Salam Pax' began posting daily accounts of everyday life in Baghdad onto the Internet. Written in English, these postings contained everything from descriptions of the hardships of life in Saddam Hussein's paranoid regime, to reviews of the latest (pirate) CDs by Coldplay and Bjork, to gossip about his employers. Salam daily risked retribution from Saddam's regime, as over 200,000 people went missing under Saddam, many for far lesser crimes than the open criticism of the regime that he voiced in his diary.
Salam Pax's sharp, candid and often dryly funny articles soon attracted a worldwide readership. In the months that followed, as a huge American-led force gathered to destroy Saddam's hated regime, Salam's internet diary became a unique record of the anticipation, anger, resentment, humor and sheer terror felt by an ordinary man living through the final days of Saddam Hussein's twenty-five year dictatorship, and the aftermath of its destruction.
Salam Pax is an astonishing record of the last days of Saddam and the cleandestine diary of an ordinary Iraqi.
Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Number of pages: 206
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 209 x 140 x 16 mm