Friday, July 15, 2016

Top ten books about the Iraq war

Derek Miller is the author of the award-winning Norwegian by Night and the forthcoming The Girl in Green. One of his ten top books about the Iraq war, as shared at the Guardian:
The Corpse Washer by Sinan Antoon (2010)

According to Muslim tradition, the corpse washer prepares the bodies of the dead for burial. The Shias and Sunnis both do it, and the differences in practice are minor. This is a novel, originally written in Arabic, by a New York-based Iraqi writer who left the country in 1991. He translated it himself. No other book I’ve read takes us closer to the lives of the people there, breathing a much-needed human dimension to understanding life in Iraq.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue