Selections

Selections of poems and fiction, sampling the richness and variety of the hundreds of authors in the issues. Plus a chance to hear and see a few of the authors in performance.


Selected Issue: Banipal 61, A Journey in Iraqi Fiction

FICTION


Abdullah Sakhi

A chapter from the novel Duroob al-Fuqdan (Paths of Loss)

Abdullah Sakhi’s novel Duroob al-Fuqdan (Paths of Loss) has the highest gross sales of all Iraqi novels, with a reprint just a few months after first publication. Banipal 61 presents two chapters from the novel.

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FICTION


Dhia Jubaili

Six ways of crossing borders illegally

This novel by Iraqi writer Dhia Jubaili is an allegorical reading of the Sunni-Shi’i sectarian conflict following the Anglo-American occupation of Iraq. In a fantastical re-enactment of Italo Calvino’s The Cloven Viscount, an Iraqi man falls into the hands of two terrorists, a Chechen and an Afghani, on the Iraq-Syria border.

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INTERVIEWS


Luay Abdul-Ilah

Interview by Valentina Viene

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