Well presented, and effective in portraying the devastating cost of war and all that is lost in it.”—M. -, "So many books have been written about the Iraq War (2003–2011) from both sides of that conflict, but Sinan Antoon’s. . But in this project I’m interested in one time in one place. And which particular moment are we talking about? We acknowledge (and remind and warn you) that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. Truly a literary feat, Long listed for the 2020 Best Translated Book Award, sponsored by Three Percent. Nameer, an Iraqi PhD candidate at Harvard, is hired by a filmmaker to document the devastation in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. (This “how” kept me up at night for many years.) Note. From Book of Collateral Damage by Sinan Antoon; Translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright. . Sinan Antoon, general information | review summaries | our review | links | about the author. That’s what I am concerned with. . Read 137 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Reproduced with permission. Statistics may count us, but at best they diminish our lives and our deaths. Sinan Antoon; Translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright, Tahar Ben Jelloun; Translated from the French by Linda Cove, Sinan Antoon; Translated from the Arabic by the author, Máirtín Ó Cadhain; Translated from the Irish by Liam Mac Co, Norman Manea; Translated by Oana Sânziana Marian, Carlos Rojas; Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman, Rodrigo Rey Rosa; Translated by Chris Andrews, Witold Gombrowicz; Translated by Benjamin Ivry, Witold Gombrowicz; Translated by Lillian Vallee, Can Xue, Translated by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping, Miguel de Cervantes; Translated from the Spanish by Edith G, Umberto Saba; Translated by George Hochfield and Leonard Na, Kiki Dimoula; Translated by Cecile Inglessis Margellos and. The Book of Collateral Damage is, essentially, the story of another book Nameer wants to, and finally succeeds in writing, inspired by a man he met while in Baghdad in 2003, Wadood Abdulkarim, a bookseller on the city's famous book-row, al-Mutanabbi Street. But we rarely hear their voices, their whispers, because we don’t try. “Reads extraordinarily smoothly . Once we’ve been skinned, our skins might be tanned and hung on the wall in the hunters’ homes. But where should I begin, and how? I’m the one who saw everything, and I see what they don’t see. So I have to get down to the roots and listen to the earth’s conversation with the tree and what it drinks from the earth. And the ones that have nested in it and so on. It is an unconventional approach but the big risks Antoon takes enable him to perform mean feats. Assuming there’s someone to count in the first place, because the historians of the hunt count the number of dead hunters! All pages are intact and the cover is intact. The Book of Collateral Damage is a two-part novel, divided into 'Beginnings' and 'Endings'. I believe so. And how can what I write escape the traps of distortion and domination of official history? A. Orthofer, “Autofiction, by definition, centers around questions of the self . What’s more, his protagonist is not someone caught up in the chaos but an exile trying to make sense of it from afar. However, in addition to the acute human attention to details, the novel moves beyond cultural and identity politics to a posthuman view . The minute will be a three-dimensional space. . I imagined, even felt, that I was inhabiting the gazelle (or any other prey) in this equation because it represents me and I represent it. It challenges but it also impresses and enthrals." Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Is the moment the same moment everywhere? There’s a wonderful African proverb in Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart that goes “Until lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” The idea isn’t new, of course, but the metaphor is a gem. Among the small differences between Nameer and the author is that Nameer too came across The New York Times' story of a body-washer which inspired Antoon's The Corpse Washer, but, while Nameer also collects material and: "thought about writing a novel about Raad Abboud and people like him" [note: in The New York Times piece Abboud's first name is given as 'Riad', not 'Raad'] he finds himself unable to: "I didn't write anything. Sinan Antoon is a poet, novelist, and translator, and an associate professor at New York University. If this last possibility is the case, then there is more than one time. It’s a labyrinth. “The gifted novelist and poet Sinan Antoon . Dead signs and symbols in comparative studies designed to improve the hunt and make it more efficient. Humans say goodbye only to those they know and those they love, whereas things say goodbye to each other and to humans too. Our shopping cart only supports Mozilla Firefox. They dehumanize us. . But what about the history of the victim? A deep reflection on exile and the power of books. First, I’ll write down the history of the first minute of the war, which wasn’t the first war I’ve seen. I’m the prey’s prey. But when they work, they prove extremely effective. Or photographs of the hunters, standing next to our dead bodies to celebrate a new record, might be hung on museum walls. Then there’s the trunk and everyone who has ever leaned on it or carved their name on it. Those who do see them, after making an effort and training themselves to do so, and those who talk to them are labeled mad by your standards. Created by Grove Atlantic and Electric Literature, Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), You're stuck with the cover, and other advice for debut authors. But why? "Sinan Antoon is one of the great fiction writers of our time. But. Or is each moment associated with its own place in the universe? Time is a black hole. Reproduced by permission. And the universe is just fragments and debris, and here we are, living the consequences and effects of it. And the branches and their memory and everything the wind has picked up and scattered far and wide. –Translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright. And all the birds that have perched on it on their way to distant places. The Book of Collateral Damage is no straightforward tale. Please ensure you're using that browser before attempting to purchase. Collateral Damage Summary. (...) Formally daring, stylistically inventive, this is Antoon’s most complex work to date. by It will be a place where I snipe at things and souls as they move. I even feel I am it. . I’m not sure, but many of these condensed moments come just before death. The following is from Sinan Antoon's novel The Book of Collateral Damage. The first time I read that proverb I empathized with the lion, of course. Or the victim’s victim? Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. Subscribe to hear when New Releases or Catalogs are ready! (...) Some of these "colloquies" are too whimsical, others are too opaque. Yes, things have faces too, but we don’t see them. The Book of Collateral Damage, written in Arabic and translated to English by Jonathan Wright, is a story of all that Iraq lost. . The book has been read but remains in clean condition. ere are people who write in order to change the present or the future, whereas I dream of changing the past. The victors are always the ones who write history. This is my rationale and the rationale of my catalog. "—Alberto Manguel, author of, "Sinan Antoon is a master storyteller and, "Mixing the past and the present of Arabic literature, Sinan Antoon leads a hallucinatory investigation into the territories of memory and tragedies of Iraq. The juncture where they meet before disappearing forever, without saying goodbye. As soon as I get inside time, I can take the moment and analyze it as if it’s a tear or a drop of blood under the microscope and discover the bonds and interactions that produce it.

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