The War Works Hard

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New Directions Publishing, 2005 - Fiction - 79 pages
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Revolutionary poetry by an exiled Iraqi woman. Winner of a 2004 PEN Translation Fund Award. "Yesterday I lost a country," Dunya Mikhail writes in The War Works Hard, a revolutionary work by an exiled Iraqi poether first to appear in English. Amidst the ongoing atrocities in Iraq, here is an important new voice that rescues the human spirit from the ruins, unmasking the official glorification of war with telegraphic lexical austerity. Embracing literary traditions from ancient Mesopotamian mythology to Biblical and Qur'anic parables to Western modernism, Mikhail's poetic vision transcends cultural and linguistic boundaries with liberating compassion.

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The war works hard = al-Ḥarb taʻmalu bi-jid

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This is the fourth book of poetry-the first translated into English-from Iraqi poet Mikhail, who fled to the United States in the mid-1990s after being harassed by the authorities. Here, she captures ... Read full review


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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 mid 1990s. Her first poetry book in English, The War Works Hard, was named one of twenty-five Books to Remember by the New York Public Library and Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea won the 2010 Arab American Book Award for poetry.

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