Rain over Baghdad

A Novel of Iraq

Hala El Badry
Translated byFarouk Abdel Wahab

What was it like to live in Iraq before the earth-shaking events of the late twentieth century? The mid-seventies to the late eighties witnessed Sadda

English edition
30 June 2014
490 pp.
15X23cm
ISBN 9789774165887
For sale worldwide

$19.95

What was it like to live in Iraq before the earth-shaking events of the late twentieth century? The mid-seventies to the late eighties witnessed Saddam Hussein’s rise to power, the establishment of Kurdish autonomy in the north, and the Iraq–Iran war. It also brought an influx of oil wealth, following the 1973 war and the spike in oil prices, and a parallel influx of Arab talent, including many Egyptians. We witness all of this and more through the eyes of an Egyptian woman married to an engineer working in Iraq. The narrator, who works for an Egyptian magazine’s bureau in the Iraqi capital, has a behind-the-scenes view of what was really happening at a critical juncture in the history of the region. Moreover, she has a mystery to solve: an Iraqi woman from the marshes in the south has disappeared, and as the mystery unfolds we learn of her love for an older Egyptian Marxist journalist. This is Iraq before and beyond Saddam, Iraq as the Arabs knew it, in the lives of interesting people living in a vibrant country before the attempted annexation of Kuwait and the American invasion. This is the Iraq that was . . .

Hala El Badry

HALA EL BADRY is deputy editor in chief of Egypt’s radio and television magazine. She is the author of four novels, including A Certain Woman (AUC Press, 2003), which was awarded the prize for best novel of 2001 at the Cairo International Book Fair. NANCY ROBERTS is the translator of Mohamed El-Bisatie’s Over the Bridge (AUC Press, 2006) and Salwa Bakr’s The Man from Bashmour (AUC Press, 2007) for which she received a commendation in the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Translation.
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