The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq

The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq

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Penguin Putnam
A blistering debut that does for the Iraqi perspective on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan what Phil Klay’s Redeployment does for the American perspective

“[A] wonderful collection.” —George Saunders, The New York Times Book Review

The first major literary work about the Iraq War from an Iraqi perspective—by an explosive new voice hailed as “perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive” (The Guardian)—The Corpse Exhibition shows us the war as we have never seen it before. Here is a world not only of soldiers and assassins, hostages and car bombers, refugees and terrorists, but also of madmen and prophets, angels and djinni, sorcerers and spirits.

Blending shocking realism with flights of fantasy, The Corpse Exhibition offers us a pageant of horrors, as haunting as the photos of Abu Ghraib and as difficult to look away from, but shot through with a gallows humor that yields an unflinching comedy of the macabre. Gripping and hallucinatory, this is a new kind of storytelling forged in the crucible of war.

Random House, Inc.
A blistering debut that does for the Iraqi perspective on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan what Phil Klay’sRedeployment does for the American perspective

The first major literary work about the Iraq War from an Iraqi perspective—by an explosive new voice hailed as “perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive” (The Guardian)—The Corpse Exhibitionshows us the war as we have never seen it before. Here is a world not only of soldiers and assassins, hostages and car bombers, refugees and terrorists, but also of madmen and prophets, angels and djinni, sorcerers and spirits.

Blending shocking realism with flights of fantasy, The Corpse Exhibition offers us a pageant of horrors, as haunting as the photos of Abu Ghraib and as difficult to look away from, but shot through with a gallows humor that yields an unflinching comedy of the macabre. Gripping and hallucinatory, this is a new kind of storytelling forged in the crucible of war.

Baker & Taylor
Presents short stories about the Iraq War from an Iraqi perspective, introducing a world not only of soldiers, hostages, car bombers, refugees, and terrorists, but also of madmen, prophets, angels, djinni, sorcerers, and spirits.

Baker
& Taylor

"An explosive new voice in fiction emerges from Iraq in this blistering debut by "perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive" (The Guardian) The first major literary work about the Iraq War from an Iraqi perspective, The Corpse Exhibition shows us the war as we have never seen it before. Here is a world not only of soldiers and assassins, hostages and car bombers, refugees and terrorists, but also of madmen and prophets, angels and djinni, sorcerers and spirits. Blending shocking realism with flights of fantasy, Hassan Blasim offers us a pageant of horrors, as haunting as the photos of Abu Ghraib and as difficult to look away from, but shot through with a gallows humor that yields an unflinching comedy of the macabre. Gripping and hallucinatory,this is a new kind of storytelling forged in the crucible of war"--

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2014
Description: 196 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780143123262
0143123262
Branch Call Number: Bala
Additional Contributors: Wright, Jonathan 1953-
Balāsim, Ḥasan

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uncommonreader
Sep 15, 2016

Stories about the brutality and terror of the war in Iraq. Harrowing.

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PaulSteer
Apr 07, 2014

Chris Hedges's review of “The Corpse Exhibition: And Other Stories of Iraq,” by Hassan Blasim is powerful and unequivocal. Hedges characterizes Blasim's work as, "taut and riveting", and, "a masterpiece".

Sounds to me as though this book is a 'must read'.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_crucible_of_iraq_20140406

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