Farewell, Babylon: Coming of Age in Jewish Baghdad (Google eBook)

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David R. Godine Publisher, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 199 pages
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Naim Kattan was born in the heart of the ancient Jewish community of Baghdad. This memoir tells of the young man's coming of age in the turbulent 1940s, of his discovery of learning, of work, of friendship, and of patriotism and all that love of country means, especially to an Iraqi few. He and his friends, both Jewish and Muslim, attempt to bridge their ethnic divide by passionate discussions in coffee houses and by trying to forge a new Iraqi literature. However, larger political events were to drive them apart and inspire the young Kattan to seek a new life elsewhere.
This is a unique glimpse into an exotic world and a loss of innocence - the idealism of youth versus the pragmatism of experience, the attempt to explore love and sex in a society where the women are veiled and closely guarded. It is a fascinating portrait of a people, a city, a state, and a culture that are still, unfortunately, as troubled and divided today as Kattan found them all those years ago.
  

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Review: Farewell, Babylon: Coming of Age in Jewish Baghdad

User Review  - Adrian Brown - Goodreads

Interesting account of life in pre-1948 Jewish Baghdad, although not as flowing due to obvious translation of the work (it was originally published in French). Still good for those interested in Middle Eastern history. Read full review

Review: Farewell, Babylon: Coming of Age in Jewish Baghdad

User Review  - Hilary Hicklin - Goodreads

A coming-of-age memoir of a Jewish boy in Baghdad in the 1940s; I learnt a few new things but this is a poor translation which really marred any pleasure in the book. Had I known it was originally published in French I would have read it in that language. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
13
Section 3
25
Section 4
28
Section 5
31
Section 6
35
Section 7
41
Section 8
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Section 18
129
Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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About the author (2007)

Naim Kattan is one of the grand old men of Quebec letters. Winner of Quebec's prestigious Prix Athanse-David as well as the French Legion d'honneur, he has published 32 books of poetry, essays, and fiction, all in French, since coming to Canada in 1954.

Naim Kattan has lived in Montreal since 1954. He has written more than thirty books of poetry, essays and fiction, which have been translated into many different languages. He has received many honors including the France-Canada Prize and France's prestigious Legion d'Honneur.

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