Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea

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New Directions Publishing, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 221 pages
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An impressionistic memoir by the award-winning Iraqi-American writer, Dunya Mikhail, Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea covers her earliest sensations of childhood to a more complicated grasp of death, beginning with the death of her father to the Gulf War and the subsequent Iraqi War. Mikhail writes: “Death always looks for us. It comes from beyond the continents. It crosses long distances holding a basket of fire in its hand.”
  

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User Review  - Isla McKetta - Goodreads

Filled with beautiful language, one of the most instructive aspects of this book is the way the writing changes between Part I (written in Iraq) and Part II (written after Mikhail fled Iraq). Reading this book, I began to face what made me ignore what was happening in Iraq for so long. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
133
Section 2
152
Section 3
168
Section 4
184
Section 5
185
Section 6
191
Section 7
202
Section 8
213
Section 9
214
Section 10
215
Section 11
218
Section 12
220
Section 13
225
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About the author (2009)

Dunya Mikhail was born in Iraq in 1965. While working as a journalist for the Baghdad Observer , she faced increasing threats from the authorities and fled to the United States in the late 1990s. In 2001, she was awarded the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. Her first poetry book in English, The War Works Hard , was named one of 2005' twenty-five Books toRemember by the New York Public Library and Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea won the 2010 Arab American Book Award for poetry. Mikhail teaches atOakland University, Michigan.

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