The Book of Collateral Damage
Widely-celebrated author Sinan Antoon's fourth and most sophisticated novel follows Nameer, a young Iraqi scholar earning his doctorate at Harvard, who is hired by filmmakers to help document the devastation of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. During the excursion, Nameer ventures to al-Mutanabbi street in Baghdad, famed for its bookshops, and encounters Wadood, an eccentric bookseller who is trying to catalogue everything destroyed by war, from objects, buildings, books and manuscripts, flora and fauna, to humans.
Entrusted with the catalogue and obsessed with Wadood's project, Nameer finds life in New York movingly intertwined with fragments from his homeland's past and its present-destroyed letters, verses, epigraphs, and anecdotes-in this stylistically ambitious panorama of the wreckage of war and the power of memory.
- Hardback | 312 pages
- 127 x 197 x 27mm | 453.59g
- 02 Jul 2019
- Yale University Press
- United States
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24 Apr 2012
"One of the most acclaimed authors of the Arab world"-al-Ahram Weekly
"Formally daring, stylistically inventive, this is Antoon's most complex work to date. It challenges but it also impresses and enthrals" -Malcolm Forbes, The National
"Sinan Antoon is one of the great fiction writers of our time."-Alberto Manguel, author of Library at Night
"Sinan Antoon is a master storyteller and The Book of Collateral Damage reaffirms his place amongst some of our very best writers. Vividly imagined and sensitively told, this is a tale of one man's exile and return, and all the distances traveled to find a semblance of home."-Maaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze
"Mixing the past and the present of Arabic literature, Sinan Antoon leads a hallucinatory investigation into the territories of memory and tragedies of Iraq. A deep reflection on exile and the power of books."-Mathias Enard, author of Compass
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