The Iraqi Christ (Paperback)
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The Iraqi Christ (Paperback)

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Paperback 140 Pages / Published: 28/02/2013
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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.

Publisher: Comma Press
ISBN: 9781905583522
Number of pages: 140
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 8 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'It is not his identity but the quality of his writing that makes his voice striking. It is deeply troubling and complex, the metaphors arresting and violent.' - The Spectator; 'Required reading for a real taste of life in Iraq.' - The National; 'An arrestingly vivid picture of the privation and the terrors of life in Iraq.' - Herald Scotland; 'Blasim pitches everyday horror into something almost gothic... his taste for the surreal can be Gogol-like.' - The Independent; 'Blasim's vivid prose reflects the way the fantastic and the ordinary collapse into a Kafkaesque jumble during urban conflict.' - The Financial Times

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“A mans read”

I am a woman and was given this book to read. I could not get in to any of the stories. I feel this is not a womens type of book to read. It is a book wrote in view for a man to read. All the reviews that I have read... More

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“Without a doubt, one of the greatest talents of his generation”

This collection of short stories is violent, yes. But that said, they’re all the more vital because of it. Blasim is clearly a student of Kafka, and his writing is essential for anyone seeking to try understand the... More

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