The Corpse Washer (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)

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Young Jawad, born to a traditional Shi'ite family of corpse washers and shrouders in Baghdad, decides to abandon the family tradition, choosing instead to become a sculptor, to celebrate life rather than tend to death. He enters Baghdad’s Academy of Fine Arts in the late 1980s, in defiance of his father’s wishes and determined to forge his own path. But the circumstances of history dictate otherwise. Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship and the economic sanctions of the 1990s destroy the socioeconomic fabric of society. The 2003 invasion and military occupation unleash sectarian violence. Corpses pile up, and Jawad returns to the inevitable washing and shrouding. Trained as an artist to shape materials to represent life aesthetically, he now must contemplate how death shapes daily life and the bodies of Baghdad’s inhabitants.

Through the struggles of a single desperate family, Sinan Antoon’s novel shows us the heart of Iraq’s complex and violent recent history. Descending into the underworld where the borders between life and death are blurred and where there is no refuge from unending nightmares, Antoon limns a world of great sorrows, a world where the winds wail.

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Acclaimed in the Arab world for its veracity, this heartbreaking novel confronts Iraq’s horrifying recent history through the story of one young man’s struggle to celebrate life even in the midst of death. Now available to English-language readers for the first time.

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Sinan Antoon is a poet, novelist, and translator. Born and raised in Baghdad, he left Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War. He studied Arabic literature at Harvard where he earned his doctorate in 2006. He is associate professor at the Gallatin School, New York University, and cofounder and coeditor of the cultural page of Jadaliyya. The Corpse Washer is his second novel. His third novel, Ya Maryam, was shortlisted for the 2013 Arabic Booker. His first, I'jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody, was translated into six languages. He lives in New York City.

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