ed. Hassan Blasim
Iraq +100 poses a question to ten Iraqi writers: what might your country look like in the year 2103, a century after the disastrous American- and British-led invasion, and 87 years down the line from its current, nightmarish battle for survival?
Covering a range of approaches – from science fiction, to allegory, to magic realism – these stories use the blank canvas of the future to explore the nation’s hopes and fears in equal measure. Along the way a new aesthetic for the ‘Iraqi fantastical’ begins to emerge: thus we meet time-travelling angels, technophobic dictators, talking statues, macabre museum-worlds, even hovering tiger-droids, and all the time buoyed by a dark, inventive humour that, in itself, offers hope.
Anoud – Hassan Abdulrazzak – Ibrahim Al-Marashi – Zhraa Alhaboby – Ali Bader – Hassan Blasim – Mortada Gzar – Jalal Hasan – Diaa Jubaili – Khalid Kaki
The real tragedy is the tragedy of the man who never in his life braces himself for his one supreme effort, who never stretches to his full capacity, never stands up to his full stature.
by Arnold Bennett