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Hadiya Hassein: Waiting for the Past

May 7, 2023 @ 12:00 - 13:00

April 2023 BookGroup Selection is Waiting for the Past, a novel by Hadiya Hussein, translated from the Arabic by Barbara Romaine

Hadiya Hussein’s poignant novel plunges readers into a haunting and powerful story of resilience. Set at the end of Saddam Hussein’s brutal reign, the novel follows Narjis, a young Iraqi woman, on her quest to discover what has become of the man she loves. Yusef, suspected by the regime of being a dissident, has disappeared–presumably either imprisoned or executed. On her journey, Narjis receives shelter from a Kurdish family who welcome her into their home where she meets Umm Hani, an older woman who is searching for her long-lost son. Together they form a bond, and Narjis comes to understand the depth of loss and grief of those around her. At the same time, she is introduced to the warm hospitality of the Kurdish community, settling into their everyday lives, and embracing their customs. Barbara Romaine’s translation skillfully renders this complex, layered story, giving readers a stark yet beautiful portrait of contemporary Iraq.

We’ll discuss this novel on Sunday, May 7, at 12 pm Eastern. 


May 7, 2023
12:00 - 13:00
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