The Baghdad Clock

This story, narrated by a teenage Iraqi girl in the midst of the first Gulf War mixes dreams with real life and fantasies with reality.  She huddles in an air raid shelter with her friend Nadia and the two imagine a world not torn apart by war.  They share dreams, hopes, desires, and first loves.  As they grow older and the bombs continue to fall, their friends begin to flee the country.  The use of metaphor, dream interpretations, and soothsayers helps build the narrative and the sense of place and time.  mjw
Title: The Baghdad Clock
Author: Shahad Al Rawi
: Oneworld Publications, London
: 2018
Original Language
: Arabic
: Luke Leafgren
Original Publisher
: Dar al Hikma
Original Copyright
: 2016
: 978-1-78607-324-2
Hardcover pages
: 288
Age range
: 14 up
: Fiction
Book setting
: Baghdad, Iraq
Author’s ethnicity
: Born in Baghdad
Author’s residence
: Dubai
: 2018 Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction
: Air raid shelters, Biography, Coming of age, Persian Gulf War – 1991, Teenage girls

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