Long Way Back By. Fuad al-Takarli Trans. Catherine Cobham
9789774160929 AUC Press Iraq
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Paperback: 338 pages
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press (15 Dec. 2007)
The Long Way Back tells the story of four generations of the same family living in an old house in the Bab al-Shaykh district of Baghdad. Their private conflicts and passions are set against the wider drama of events leading up to the overthrow of prime minister Abd al-Karim Qasim and the rise of the Baath party in Iraq. Relationships between generations, social groups, and genders is dramatized with a mixture of humor, bitter irony, and compassion.