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在沙漠的小村落裡,年輕男孩整天無所事事地遊蕩著,因為美軍入侵伊拉克,他不得不回到的家鄉,離開在空襲中被炸毀的巴格達大學。

回到家後不久,年輕男孩先是目睹在檢查哨的美軍士兵,對著全村最無害的少年開槍;幾天後,美軍轟炸機又毀了村郊的一場婚禮。彷彿眼淚還不夠流乾似的,美軍士兵在某天深夜突擊這純樸的村落,為了搜捕恐怖份子,在驚慌害怕的全家人面前狠狠羞辱了他的父親。

儘管美軍對自己的暴行無知,但他們卻做了一件不可原諒的事——年輕人滿腔怒火,渴望報復這一連串惡行,於是他決定離開家鄉、前往巴格達。

年輕男孩懷抱著屈辱的祕密,想讓全世界看見他的怒火——可是,為什麼不是所有人都願意加入聖戰?為什麼復興族人的榮譽,卻得躲躲藏藏?如果毀滅不能帶來新生……他還有其他選擇嗎?
337 pages
Published May 15th 2006 by Julliard
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Sarah Anne
Jul 12, 2016 Sarah Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 48% The one star reflects the fact that I'm not finishing this because the author is making extremely heavy-handed attempts to manipulate the reader's emotions.

The book is about an Iraqi citizen and his perspective of the American invasion of Iraq. I won't argue that some awful things must have happened because of that invasion but the writer is using things like a mentally ill child being shot down at a check point and a missile falling on a wedding party to show that terrible things hap
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Sara Zovko
Feb 07, 2017 Sara Zovko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Irak, ranjen od strane Zapada, ranjen od strane Sadama, ranjen od svojih, naših, vaših i svih ostalih. Irak, kojemu je oduzeta kultura, povijest i pravo da vodi svoj vlastiti život i da čuva svoje ljude, prosjake i intelektualce.
Čije ratove vodimo?
Pat
Oct 21, 2007 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who wants to understand why we should get out of Iraq today, every single American soldier, should read this book. To Iraqis, American style democracy is totally irrelevant. We need to understand what IS important to Iraqis to understand the harm we are doing. It also provides a window into the mind of a suicide "bomber".
Peter Way
Jun 13, 2013 Peter Way rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-fiction
Without a doubt you must read this book to understand how easily young people are recruited into the ranks of terrorists and suicide bombers. If you take an interest in current affairs in the Middle East you will readily see how the West and the attitude of some soldiers, especially trigger-happy GIs, only make matters worse. It is a powerful novel, well written and persuasive in its arguments. It is highly topical, whether Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, or even future Iran, but it is also the story ...more
سليم
Feb 04, 2013 سليم rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بينما كنت أبحث في احدى المكتبات عن رواية مميزة اشبع بها غرائزي الأدبية، وقع بين يديّ رواية لشخص يدعى “ياسمينة خضرا”، في بادئ الأمر تتخيل انها كاتبة نسبة إلى الإسم. تصفحت بعض الصفحات بعد أن قرأت مقطعاً طبع على الغلاف الخلفي، الرواية تتناول واقعة سقوط العراق والدخول الاميركي للبلاد على لسان شاب من احدى القرى.

فعد البحث عن الكاتبة عبر المواقع الالكترونية تبين لي ان “ياسمينة خضرا” هو الاسم المستعار للملازم في القوات المسلحة الجزائرية محمد مولسهول، والذي قرر بعد 36 عاماً من الخدمة اعتزال الحياة العسكر
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Fiona
What kind of person does it take to become a suicide bomber for the jihadists? Can they be "saved" from their ultimate peril? This historical novel is one look at the life of such a person from his point of view.

The narrator grows up in a village in Iraq. He is lucky to go to University in Baghdad until the war starts and he returns to his village. Nothing much happens in the village even during the war, but there are three events that cause the sky to fall on him. Because of these events he goe
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Lexie
Oct 09, 2011 Lexie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, standouts
We were poor, common people, but we were at peace. Until the day when our privacy was violated, our taboos broken, our dignity dragged through mud and gore ... until the day when brutes festooned with grenades and handcuffs burst into the gardens of Babylon, come to teach poets how to be free men ...

We're honest by vocation.

My father had suddenly turned into an old man. His village-elder aura had vanished; his look of command had no more vigor and no more range.

The world is run by the forces of
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René
Apr 04, 2014 René rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The novel purpots to get the reader inside the mind of a suicide bomber. The intention is interesting, but it fails on execution, (view spoiler).

I found the dialogues to be contrived. They come off as though spoken for some generic western reader whose image of the Middle East is fraught with caricature.

Here's an example:

“If the West could only understand our music, if it could even just listen to us sing, if it could hear our soul in the vo
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Missy J
The author is actually an Algerian man, who uses a female pseudonym. "The Sirens of Baghdad" is supposed to give readers a glimpse into the mind of a "suicide bomber" (if you can even call him that). Unfortunately the writing was horrendous and manipulative. Furthermore, having recently read Sinan Antoon's masterpiece "The Corpse Washer," I found this story too simplistic and inauthentic. The way the author decided to introduce the characters was a mess. There were too many clichés contained in ...more
C.J. Prince
Oct 18, 2009 C.J. Prince rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read this book, put it on the top of the stack! What is truth? What causes war? How can we come to a place of common ground? This novel reads with authenticity from the point of view of a young Bedouin man in Iraq. The remote, small village runs smoothly with respect and ancient patterns. After the Americans begin bombing, everything changes. Terrorized by senseless violence, he travels to Baghdad in search of revenge.

This is on my list of anti-war books, starting decades ago with
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لطيفة الحاج


أرجأت كتابة رأيي في الكتاب لا أدري لماذا، بالأمس حلمت بالشخصيات، عشت أحداث الرواية والفيروس الذي حقن به البطل!

واضح أنني تأثرت بالكتاب، ياسمينا خضرا روائي رائع، عبقري وله أسلوب فريد ومشوق.

هذه الرواية الخامسة التي أقرؤها له، ولم أجد كتبا مترجمة الى العربية غير هذه الكتب..

أعود الى الرواية.. هي عن شاب عراقي دفعه شعوره بالعار الى الهروب من قريته الهادئة في الصحراء الى بغداد رغبة في استرداد شرفه بالانتقام من الامريكان، من العالم كله..

ضايقتني الترجمة في بعض الفقرات، بدت لي كأنها ترجمة حرفية وذلك أ
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Nadia
Forced to leave the University of Baghdad when the Americans invade Iraq, a young man returns home to his small desert village, where he witnesses three unspeakable acts of violence committed by American soldiers. Consumed by a desire for revenge, the youth returns to the city where is he is taken in by a radical group. Before long, he finds himself part of a terrorist operation which will take him to London. But as the time to board the plane draws near, he struggles to reconcile himself to his ...more
Stephanie
I'm not sure why I'm giving this one two stars. This is the third novel I've read by Khadra (a man, not a woman), and it was worse than the first one (which was incredibly depressing). I'm not quite sure what he's attempting with these novels, and I don't plan to read any more of his works.
Jessy
Oct 10, 2016 Jessy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is the story of a young Iraqi. In search of revenge, the young man goes to Baghdad, where he becomes easy prey for the jihadists. In the end, this cautionary tale sounds more like real history.
An excellent work.
George Flessas
Mar 21, 2015 George Flessas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ο καθένας που ενδιαφέρεται να κατανοήσει τι έχει συμβεί και τι συμβαίνει στη Μέση Ανατολή και τον τρόπο που σκέπτονται αρκετοί εκει, οφείλει να διαβάσει αυτό το βιβλίο, καθώς και τα υπόλοιπα του Khandra. Είμαστε τόσο κοντά, αλλά τόσο μακριά...
Kathleen Valentine
This book is just devastating! The end had me too weepy to actually read. The story begins in a Beirut hotel where the unnamed narrator is about to carry out a mission he refers to as “the greatest operation ever carried out on enemy territory.” We learn that he was a university student from a small village in Iraq but after the invasion the university closes and her returns to his small village. For awhile life is as it has always been. He is restless and wishes he could return to school or at ...more
Sha
Feb 07, 2013 Sha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a thrilling page turner. I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated his exquisite detailing and how he made readers enter into the world of the narrator. It also opened my eyes to the realities of the Arab world. Being an outsider to the War in Iraq, I would have only seen what is shown on the Western media. But this book explores the very experiences of those innocent Arabs whose only intention was to live a normal, unperturbed existence yet are sucked into a nightmare. Nothing could justify t ...more
Marcello S
Personalmente i libri di fiction con ambientazione mediorientale non mi hanno mai interessato. Rispetto a certe questioni ho sempre preferito informarmi sui fatti, ascoltare pareri, eventualmente sfogliare pubblicazioni di saggistica.
Capisco però che a volte un romanzo può aprirti la mente su problemi reali meglio di ogni altra fonte.

“Le Sirene di Baghdad” è un libro che probabilmente non avrei mai letto se non “costretto” perché scelto dal gruppo di lettura a cui partecipo.
Può essere letto co
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Daria Ravlic
Jul 10, 2016 Daria Ravlic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mirni, mali ljudi, u mirnoj zemlji, koji žive mirnim građanskim životom sa svojim obiteljima i običajima u malom selu Kafr Kuramu, sve dok se po zemlji ne proširi rat a s ratom i dramatične vijesti iz Faludže, Bagdada, Mosula, Basre... Vijesti ne zaobilaze ni Kafr Kuram. Odnosi među stanovnicima počinju se pogoršavati. Za selo nastupaju teški dani. Ubojstvo nedužnog civila američki vojnici nazivaju incidentom ili greškom oko koje ne treba dizati prašinu... Rat se uvlači u svaku poru lica, u svak ...more
Karen
Jun 12, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-eastern
Yasmina Khadra is one of my favorite authors. Reading this book makes me wonder why we invaded Iraq in the first place. To see the war through the eyes of the Iraqi people and we wonder why they hate us so much. I highly recommend this book and the trilogy starting with The Swallows of Kabul, The Attack and The Sirens of Baghdad.
R.f.k
May 22, 2014 R.f.k rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iraq, 2014
ثاني رواية أقراءها لياسيمنة خضراء بعد رواية سنوسنوات كابول
كانت هذه الروية جولة في عقل أنتحاري يريد الانتقام لعائلتة وقريته وللعراق بلدة الذي أستباح للكثير من الاعداء

سا أقراء بقية أعمال ياسيمنة خضراء ان شاالله
Katri Alatalo
Harvinaista, mutta nyt jäi kyllä kirja kesken. Oli ollut niin kauan lainassa, että oli jo pakko palauttaa. Teksti ei vain lähtenyt vetämään, henkilöt tuntuivat etäisiltä, muu lukeminen kiinnosti enemmän.
Julie
Jan 19, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: lit group
A compelling novel of the suicide terrorist. The author keeps us engaged in the internal struggle of a young Iraqi man over whether or not to commit an act of revenge.
Elisabet Cairo
Jan 23, 2017 Elisabet Cairo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well-written account of how the lives of simple people who want to be live peacefully, educate their children, work, have families was destroyed by the unwarranted invasion of Iraq. What do you do when a powerful country is out to destroy you to steal your resources? The characters are real people whose dreams were destroyed. One young man wanted to go to Hollywood to be an actor. he was not a fighter or intended to do harm to anyone. The path he was thrown in due to the invasion is-- I recomm ...more
Javier Casado
Jan 09, 2017 Javier Casado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un magnífico retrato del Irak de la post-guerra. El autor nos presenta la realidad de un país en el que se ha retirado a un dictador para sustituirlo por una anarquía donde impera la ley de las armas y donde la vida humana no vale nada, para ninguno de los dos 'bandos'. El protagonista del libro, un muchacho de una aldea rural que siempre ha odiado la violencia, se ve arrastrado a unirse a los terroristas ante lo que siente como profundas ofensas por parte de las tropas de ocupación norteamerica ...more
Maria Pilar Gomez
Mar 13, 2014 Maria Pilar Gomez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Khadra displays good intelligence, lucidity and human understanding on this book, dealing with accountability, responsibility and other relevant society and cultural issues. This book is about how prejudices, dogmatism, judging too quickly, intolerance, not taking the time to look further and to understand differences, (on both directions, from the muslim to the western culture and vice verse) prevent us to see the "big picture", and the cathastrophic results that might imply. I found t ...more
Peony
Jan 06, 2017 Peony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-east
The story and substance of this book is a firm four star read and I am certain every reader will take something to their heart and the book will leave its mark on the reader. The writing and storytelling technique just had few hick ups for me. In couple of places in the book long dialogs were there just to educate the reader. I wish the writer would have found a more natural way of passing the information. Also the the mind of some characters fluctuated from one extreme to the other quite quickl ...more
alhafizol
Sep 25, 2010 alhafizol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cj-s-shelf
The Sirens of Baghdad is truly an eye-opener, provided us with an insight and perspective on the war and the people who directly involved in the war itself. The story was told from the point of view of a young Iraqis and took place during the invasion of US army in Iraq after the tragedy of September 11. He experienced all the damages including the emotional damage due to the cruelty of the war. This is a well crafted story with full of emotions, disappointments, sadness, anger and resentment. Y ...more
Ivana Ciglar
Overwhelming and illuminating reading. It brings out the truth and the reality of Iraq I could have never imagined on my own.

We follow a student in his home village, Kafr Karam, in the wake of the American invasion. He was forced to leave the university and now spends his days in a small village with his family. When American soldiers invade their village he is irrevocably humiliated and refuses to stay in his home. Immediately he is on the road to Baghdad and his revenge. When shame is brought
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Laura TvdB
Dec 27, 2015 Laura TvdB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No sé por dónde empezar.

Pensé que esta novela iba a ser una especie de Mil soles espléndidos, que es uno de mis libros favoritos. Pero no. Tienen puntos en común, pero almas distintas.

Las sirenas de Bagdad es una historia triste. Trata de la espantosa guerra de Irak, que se perpetúa hasta hoy en día, y que yo conocía por lo que había estudiado y visto en películas como American Sniper (El francotirador). Y abarca el tema desde el punto de vista de un chico iraquí, normal y corriente, de un puebl
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Yasmina Khadra (Arabic: ياسمينة خضراء, literally "green jasmine") is the pen name of the Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul.
Moulessehoul, an officer in the Algerian army, adopted a woman's pseudonym to avoid military censorship. Despite the publication of many successful novels in Algeria, Moulessehoul only revealed his true identity in 2001 after leaving the army and going into exile and seclu
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