Iraqi Nights

ISBN-10: 0811222861
ISBN-13: 9780811222860
Edition: 2014
List price: $15.95
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Description: The Iraqi Nights is the third collection by the acclaimed Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail. Taking The One Thousand and One Nights as her central theme, Mikhail personifies the role of Scheherazade the storyteller, saving herself through her tales. The  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 5/27/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.308
Language: English

The Iraqi Nights is the third collection by the acclaimed Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail. Taking The One Thousand and One Nights as her central theme, Mikhail personifies the role of Scheherazade the storyteller, saving herself through her tales. The nights are endless, seemingly as dark as war in this haunting collection, seemingly as endless as war. Yet the poet cannot stop dreaming of a future beyond the violence of a place where “every moment / something ordinary / will happen under the sun.” Unlike Scheherazade, however, Mikhail is writing, not to escape death, but to summon the strength to endure. Inhabiting the emotive spaces between Iraq and the U.S., Mikhail infuses those harsh realms with a deep poetic intimacy. The author’s vivid illustrations — inspired by Sumerian tablets — are threaded throughout this powerful book.

Greg Slater is the editor of the magazine for Clarice Cliff collectors, The Agora , and the coauthor of Comprehensively Clarice Cliff . He lives in Australia.Dunya Mikhail was born in Iraq in 1965. While working as a journalist for the Baghdad Observer , she faced increasing threats from the authorities and fled to the United States in the late 1990s. In 2001, she was awarded the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. Her first poetry book in English, The War Works Hard , was named one of 2005' twenty-five Books toRemember by the New York Public Library and Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea won the 2010 Arab American Book Award for poetry. Mikhail teaches atOakland University, Michigan.

Half American and half Egyptian, Kareem James Abu-Zeid is completing his Ph.D.at the University of California, Berkeley.

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