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Baghdad Diaries: A Woman's Chronicle of War and Exile

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In this often moving, sometimes wry account of life in Baghdad during the first war on Iraq and in exile in the years following, Iraqi-born, British-educated artist Nuha al-Radi shows us the effects of war on ordinary people. She recounts the day-to-day realities of living in a city under siege, where food has to be consumed or thrown out because there is no way to preserv ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Vintage (first published 1998)
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Samara Nouri

هي بأختصار دورة حياة الفرد العراقي في الطبيعية: حرب الخليج 1990 - الحصار - ثم المنفى

تسرد احداث الحرب يوم بيوم على شكل مذكرات تفطر القلب وتملأه حسرة ومرارة، ولكن بخفة دم واسلوب مليء بالدعابة والمرح

والكتاب جزء يسير من احداث عملاقة وعملية تطهير عرقية لشعب اعزل وعبقري جرت ولازالت تجري في البلاد التي نشأت منها الحضارة وستنتهي فيها الحضارة

أحبب مذكراتك كثيرآ يانهى .. تعلقت كثيرآ ببستانك ومرسمك .. وسلفادور (كلبك الشقي) .. تأثرت بطريقتك الارتجالية في التعايش مع الناس .. ومرحك وسخريتك في التعامل مع الاحد
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ضحى
Aug 20, 2010 ضحى marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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وقتها كنت ذات الخمس سنوات

ومازالت اميّز رائحة الكمامات

وصوت الانذارات

..

وكثير من الذكريات

..

ولكن ماذا لو قرأت لمن كانت في قلب الحدث؟

اتمنى ان يكون قريباً


..

ضحى
Abdullah Abdulrahman
يوميات تنقل أحداث حياة أناس عاديين عاشوُا تحت
رحمة القصف الذي حل على بغداد سنة 1991م ( حرب الخليج الثانية )و التي
كانت تحت إدارة الطائرات الأمريكية , اليوميات مليئة بالعذابات
و الصعوبات الحياتية في أحوال الحرب .. أبدعت نهى في وصف التفاصيل
و الكثير من الأحداث .. و التعليقات !
أحببته بحق .
Han414
احب قراءة المذكرات وهذه اليوميات القصيره من أجملها ، تحكي ما جرى بعين صادقه
Don
This is a tough review - as much as I wanted to like this book I was torn between my own beliefs about our US policies in Iraq and my own judgement of this book. On the one hand, if I give this book a high rating I'm saying it is good or has something timeless - but, unfortunately, it does not. If I give it a low review then those who suffered in Iraq will just say it is another American 'bully' who wouldn't give this anti-American viewpoint a good review anyway.

Well, it is, in my opinion, a ter
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Bookguide
In Dutch: Dagboek uit Bagdad

Een dagboek van een vrouwelijke kunstenaar in Bagdad, dat de moeilijkheden van het leven van burgers tijdens oorlog duidelijk maakt. Aan de ene hand, blijven ze doorgaan met sociale contacten, en voor het merendeel blijven ze positief. Aan de andere kant moeten ze leren hoe te leven zonder electriciteit en een gebrek aan eten. Het was interessant te lezen hoe ze lampen maakten van met benzine gevulde flessen met een lont, op zijn plaats gehouden met geknede dadels. En
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Paul
This is a diary kept by a Baghdad artist during the first Gulf War launched by George Bush Senior and the subsequent embargo. She is writing from her own perspective, as a reasonably wealthy woman with a large piece of land and with contacts who can help her out in a pinch. The evident chaos brought about in her city and her life by the bombing and subsequent embargo are nonetheless shocking. The book's strength is that it is not about big political ideas or agendas, but about the petty, day to ...more
Amy
This collection of diary entries is most definitely interesting. I enjoyed reading about the hardships of the innocent people in the middle east that are going through a pointless war. However, I began to grow tired of the repitition of: I'm crapping in the orchard now, so much food, and I hate Bush. The book doesn't really do much throughout besides a few immigration hardships that are understandable during a war. Even I have problems going through airports and I'm Caucasian. Still, this book w ...more
Jeanette
Jan 15, 2010 Jeanette rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
this book was on a suggested reading list so i requested it, and i am so glad i did. i have never read anything told from the iraqi point of view, and throughout the war i never heard anything from the iraqi point of view. and wow- i was anti-war before i read this, but now...it's just so sad what humans can do to other humans in the name of "peace" (oil). i think everyone should read this book- it's written by a woman in her 50's throughout the gulf war and a few years after. the damage that ta ...more
Mairead
Jan 16, 2008 Mairead rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
"The yellow lovebird dropped dead just before they started shooting. Old age perhaps? We went and bought a new blue mate for the white one. We stopped at a shop called 'Birds and Flowers'; they had dogs and a cage with a baby hyena, a Siamese cat and a baby monkey. They seemed to be living happily together, the monkey was jumping on the hyena's back and the cat was curled up fast asleep in the corner. The owner thought the hyena was a pig! Who would want to buy a hyena? They had no birds."
-- Bag
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Kt
It is too long, needed some editing. Not well written. The author has too many acquaintances that are not introduced and usually just passing through, so it makes it hard to really get a clear picture of her life. It broke my heart reading a first hand account of the realities of war. Yes, it was very heavy handed politically- but that is understandable. The truth is, my pencil fell out of the last third of the book and I didn't care enough about it to try and find my place.
Denise
Iraqi war told from a citizen's perspective. The author is an artist and not a writer. This is her personal diary beginning when Bush, Sr. first bombed Irag. She comes from an upper class family with ties to Saddam Hussein and at times I thought the book was propaganda. Other times she describes hardships of living in a war torn country and the difficulties of surviving day to day with lack of basic supplies due to embargoes and the mental anguish of constant bombings.
Helen
Everyone should read this!! It was part of a Middle Eastern Women's Lit course I took and loved, and this was one of my favorite works. I think it's always important to learn as much as possible about different perspectives, experiences and views, and this certainly does that -- as well as being beautifully and movingly written. A must-read (if possible in combination with a book about Middle Eastern culture and history)!
Julie
Iraq.

Not a brilliantly written book. The acquaintances of the author are too numerous and usually ill-defined. There are dozens who are never explained, just mentioned briefly then dropped without any of the necessary context.

But the attitudes are there and they are important, I think. This is a very short book, so I recommend it for its ease and impact.
Angela Lambrix
An interesting narrative from a different perspective, the author gives enough detail to give the readers a sense of what she was witnessing and experiencing without flooding them with graphic imagery. The author's presentation of events from the Iraqi citizens' perspective at times is disturbing and not more than a little ironic.
Mary Lange
"Space-age warfare meets pre-WWI tactics. This is the most cowardly war of all, a politicians' war, full of lies." (217)

An important read, a bit rambling and disjointed at times, but enlightening to the lived experience of war. Gives real meaning to the phrase 'those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it'.
Lina from Israel
Maybe not a literary masterpiece, but definitely an honest, sincere, self-deprecating and thoughtful account of surviving in one of those war-torn, horror-inflicted places where none of us would want to be, but all of us are riveted by. And the author - may she rest in peace...
Michelle S
I cannot begin to understand the conditions the author has lived under however these circumstances seem to have left her quite bitter against Americans and as such perhaps blurred her ability to see who we really are
Ted Winslow
Jul 19, 2007 Ted Winslow rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
This is a truly eye-opening look into life in Iraq during the first Gulf War and may shed some light onto the situation of the current War.
Tammi
Great book showing the lives of civilians caught in the Gulf Wars. The stories we never heard in our media.
Nadine
Great book - gave insight into how war can affect an average person and society.
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Born in Baghdad in 1941, Nuha al-Radi trained at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London in the early 1960s and later taught at the American University of Beirut. A painter, ceramist, and sculptor, her works have been shown throughout the Arab world and in Berlin, London, and Washington.

Obituary in The Guardian
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