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    DescriptionIn a remote corner of the world, forgotten for nearly three thousand years, lived an enclave of Kurdish Jews so isolated that they still spoke Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Mostly illiterate, they were self-made mystics and gifted storytellers and humble peddlers who dwelt in harmony with their Muslim and Christian neighbors in the mountains of northern Iraq. To these descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel, Yona Sabar was born. Yona's son Ariel grew up in Los Angeles, where Yona had become an esteemed professor, dedicating his career to preserving his people's traditions. Ariel wanted nothing to do with his father's strange immigrant heritage - until he had a son of his own. Ariel Sabar brings to life the ancient town of Zakho, discovering his family's place in the sweeping saga of Middle-Eastern history. This powerful book is an improbable story of tolerance and hope set in what today is the very center of the world's attention.


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    Title
    My Father's Paradise
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ariel Sabar
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 348
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781565129337
    ISBN 10: 1565129334
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FBQ
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFSR1
    LC classification: CT
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    Abridged Dewey: 920
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET120
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/JUDAIC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    BISAC V2.8: HIS022000
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000, SOC049000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FBQ
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    DC22: 305.892405672092
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    Thema V1.0: DNC, JBSR, NHTB, NHG
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Algonquin Books (division of Workman)
    Imprint name
    Algonquin Books (division of Workman)
    Publication date
    13 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "Voices like Susan Hand Shetterly's are soothing . . . Shetterly puts a hand on your forearm and says, come walk along the Maine coast. Let's consider other species, eels and hummingbirds." The Los Angeles Times"
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    "I am the keeper of my family s stories. I am the guardian of its honor. I am the defender of its traditions. As the first-born son of a Kurdish father, these, they tell me, are my duties. And yet even before my birth I resisted." So begins Ariel Sabar's true tale of a father and a son, and the two worlds that kept them apart and finally brought them together: ancient Iraq and modern America. In a remote corner of the world, forgotten for nearly three thousand years, lived an enclave of Kurdish Jews so isolated that they still spoke Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Mostly illiterate, they were self-made mystics and gifted storytellers, humble peddlers and rugged loggers who dwelt in harmony with their Muslim and Christian neighbors in the mountains of northern Iraq. To these descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel, Yona Sabar was born. Caught unawares by growing ethnic tensions in the Middle East after World War II, the Jews of Zakho were airlifted to the new state of Israel in the 1950s with the mass exodus of 120,000 Jews from Iraq one of the world s largest and least-known diasporas. Almost overnight, the Kurdish Jews exotic culture and language were doomed to extinction. Yona s son Ariel knew little of his father s history. Growing up in Los Angeles, where Yona had become an esteemed professor at UCLA and had dedicated his career to preserving his people s traditions, Ariel wanted nothing to do with his father s strange immigrant heritage. Until he had a son of his own. "My Father s Paradise" is Ariel Sabar's quest to reconcile present and past. As Ariel and his father travel together into today's postwar Iraq to find what s left of Yona's birthplace, Sabar brings to life the ancient town of Zakho, telling his family s story and discovering their place in the sweeping saga of the Sephardic Jews' millennia-long survival in Islamic lands. He introduces us to his spiritual great-grandfather, the village cloth dyer by day"