The Sirens of Baghdad Paperback – 5 Jun 2008
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"Expertly evokes an urban atmosphere of paranoia and random destruction" (Guardian)
"Remarkable...horrifying and genuinely illuminating...essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Iraq, but also an incredibly powerful piece of fiction" (The Times)
"Intoxicating, utterly thrilling. It is not an apology for terrorism, but a provocative explanation that will bring the Iraqi experience in terrifying detail to western bedside tables" (New Statesman)
"Khadra draws the moods and motives of his village lad-turned-apprentice jihadi with engrossing power... lets you taste the sand, dust and blood - and most of all, the despair... In his own unsettling way, Yasmina Khadra offers the kind of truth that only well-wrought fiction tells" (Boyd Tonkin Independent)
"A sad and important book" (Financial Times)
A strikingly powerful novel exploring the motivations of a suicide bomber in Iraq. By the IMPAC shortlisted author of The Swallows of Kabul and The Attack.See all Product Description
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'The Sirens of Baghdad' follows a young man on the cusp of manhood from his time at University in Baghdad sharing furtive glances with a female student to his descent into the murky world of nihilistic terrorism. This is at times predictably unpleasant, but what is poignantly striking is the arbitrary nature of the events that shape and irrevocably alter his life. There is no religious fanaticism here, no great ideals, just a childlike horror at events that grows through fear and loathing to become a numb, determined yet unfocused quest for vengeance.
This is an engaging story, but it is also a worthwhile read for its depiction of the cultural assaults of war (the damaging misconceptions and ignorance of both sides), for the debate within muslim society of the correct intellectual path with the West and for its portrait of one boy's descent to personal ruin. A cautionary tale to both East and West, no doubt, but one could do worse than read this to understand a little of the horrors of present day Iraq.
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I'm always on the look out for authors of colour, and particularly of those whom can combine fictional stories with political backgrounds, and this book definitely does that. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ms. S. Kavlak