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An important, utterly enthralling collection,
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This review is from: The Madman of Freedom Square (Kindle Edition)
One of the foremost Iraqi writers of his time delivers his debut collection translated into English. By turns harrowing, beautiful, disturbing and inspiring, it is utterly unlike anything you have read before from an Arabic writer. Entering territory previously the realm of Western experimental / transgressive writers such as Ballard, Kafka or Burroughs, Blasim creates a compelling, deeply humanist narrative of the Iraq war, its aftermath and its historical background, filtered through the lens of brutal, intense imagery and an allegorical phantasmagoria of nightmare worlds and fractured realities.