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A young Iraqi writer sets out to become a Hollywood filmmaker, only to end up as a refugee on the streets of Paris.
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Writer and publisher Samuel Shimon was born into a poor Assyrian family in Iraq in 1956. He left his country in 1979 to go to Hollywood and become a film-maker, travelling via Damascus, Amman, Beirut, Nicosia, Cairo and Tunis. In 1985 he settled in Paris as a refugee, before moving in 1996 to London, where he has lived ever since. He co-founded Banipal, the renowned international magazine of contemporary Arab literature in English translation and is the founder and editor of the popular literary website in Arabic www.kikah.com. He also edited Beirut 39: New Writing from the Arab World (2010). He is working now on his second novel The Militant Lingerie.Review:
'It is a wonderful text. Full of life and art. An autobiography full of humour, irony, noblesse and sadness. It reminds me of George Orwell's great book Down and Out in Paris and London' Alaa Al Aswany, author of The Yacoubian Building. A forgiving and powerful book Times Literary Supplement, London. Startlingly funny ... always witty and humane -- Boyd Tonkin The Independent 'A cinematographic odyssey. At once amusing and touching, Samuel Shimon lets his gaze travel with a camera's precision' Le monde des livres, Paris Throughout this careening, fast-paced, episodic narrative, Shimon never loses his poignant sense of humour. He consistently folds the absurdity of political violence into the intimacy of human relations' Daily Star, Beirut A cunningly iconoclastic storyteller... with a keenly cinematographic and unflinching eye for detail... a relentless raconteur -- Anton Shammas
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Book Description Bloomsbury Qatar, 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M9992142294