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أشباح الجحيم

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انطلقت الضربة، فتحدّد المصير. سقط أبي على ظهره، التريكو الممزّق في الأطراف على وجهه، البطن شديد النحول، مدعوك، رمادي اللون كما بطن سمكة ميتة... ورأيت، فيما كان شرف العائلة يسقط أرضاً، رأيت ما لا ينبغي أن أراه أبداً، ما لا يليق لابن بار، محترم، لبدوي أصيل، أن يراه أبداً؟
ذلك الشيء الرخو، المقرف، المهان، ذلك الاقليم الممنوع، المسكوت عنه، العار: قضيب أبي يتدحرج جانباً، والخصيت
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الأولى, 382 pages
Published 2007 by دار الفارابي
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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
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
Oct 12, 2012 لطيفة الحاج rated it really liked it


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
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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George Flessas
Oct 12, 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...
René
May 02, 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 v
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Lexie
Oct 21, 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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سليم
Feb 04, 2013 سليم rated it really liked it
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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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
Ted Hunt
Mar 12, 2016 Ted Hunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the tale of a young man from a small village in Iraq in the aftermath of the 2003 American invasion of that nation. It is a rather simple tale of a disillusioned young man and the course of action that he embarks on in response to the circumstances that impact his village and his family as a result of the American presence. I liked the book in the way that it presented a view of the invasion that is far different from the picture that the American media presented. The best passag ...more
Julián
Sep 24, 2015 Julián rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El último de Khadra y el que cierra la trilogía sobre tierras torturadas del islam. Cuenta la ocupación yanki de Irak desde el punto de vista de un chico de una aldea de beduinos en medio de una pobreza que se transforma en miseria con la invasión y que poco a poco pasa a estar en zona de combate. En un principio narra la tediosa vida cotidiana de la aldea, con su total falta de perspectivas y escasez, donde nada se mueve. También la importancia de una tradición que se pasa de una generación a o ...more
Labijose
Jul 11, 2015 Labijose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En “Las sirenas de Bagdag”, Yasmina Khadra (seudónimo de un ex coronel del ejército argelino) narra la vida de un joven iraquí que se ve arrastrado hacia el punto caliente del conflicto tras la invasión de su país, donde, finalmente, decide unirse al bando de los insurgentes ante la brutalidad mostrada por las fuerzas invasoras.
A través de un relato crudo e impactante, pero no exento de belleza y ternura, el autor te invita a reflexionar sobre la perversión de los extremos, a solidarizarte con u
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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.
Uzrine Hilal
Avec les sirène de Bagdad je viens d'achever le dernier roman de cette trilogie, trois histoires différentes, dans des lieux différents et des personnages différentes aussi , mais ils ont un point en commun qui les a ralliés tous autour du même maroquin c'est belle et bien la misère du peuple musulman dans les trois histoires qui sont empreintées de notre réalité.

Certe l'auteur avait un avis marquant dans sont récit avec la façon dont il a manié le déroulement des événements,ce qui mène toujour
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Isratquazi
To tell you the truth, even though the title intrigued me to pick it up and start reading it but I will still say it was worth it. At the beginning it was very hard to concentrate, probably because I couldn't really make out who and what they were talking about. but as soon as I started reading the second part oh boy I was totally hooked. True you can gather information about all the war that's going on right now from news or documentary but I felt this book sort of let's you see what really is ...more
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
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.
Chouche Pharm
Feb 11, 2015 Chouche Pharm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que reste-t-il de cette ville qui fut un phare de l’orient ? bien évidemment nous en premier lieu qui l’ont ramené jusqu'au là ; ses propriétaires, ses bâtissant et ses destructeurs !! On ne sait que mettre le chapeau à l’occident.
J’avais les yeux rempli de larmes en lisant les dernières pages, j’ai un grand chagrin pour ces jeunes perdus qui ne savent où se rendre l’âme, quel lamentable état !!
Un très beau roman, je m’attendais pas à une fin pareille, puis je me suis résignée que c’est une fin
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Julie
Mar 22, 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.
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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Agnes Fells
Nov 04, 2015 Agnes Fells rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a heartbreaking story of innocent lives wasted because of a war brought about by the lucrative sources of raw materials, to profit the great international finances that run the world.
This story is about one young man from a loving family, who abides to a families code of honor & culture. He is forced to experience a life where there is no respect for fellow innocent human beings. Because he witnesses American soldiers leaving a trail of humiliation, grief and despair in his small vi
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Nikos79
Sep 01, 2014 Nikos79 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's sad to see this book have less than 1000 ratings at the moment. Yasmina Khadra has a charisma in creating extremely interesting stories in his books which are based in reality and he always fill them with political and social background. This one is set in Iraq after the second invasion and it is based on Islamic fundamentalism. The story is told from the point of view of a young guy whose life and mind change immediately, although his previous peaceful idiosyncrasy, when he comes face to f ...more
Ken Yliniemi
Apr 01, 2016 Ken Yliniemi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book provided an insight and perspective on the Iraq war that I have never and would never have come across anywhere. I only wish our media would report more like this. Real people, real lives, and how they are really affected by the war, and what really happens in their minds and lives to make them feel the way they do, and provide an understanding into why and how the violence happens. I have a much more broad perspective on things after reading>this book. I am not in anyway condoning ...more
Laura TvdB
May 26, 2016 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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راضية عشي
Sep 13, 2014 راضية عشي rated it liked it
تدور أحداث الرواية حول شاب عراقي من قرية كفر كرم أثناء الاحتلال الأمريكي، يتعرض لإهانة شرفه وشرف عائلته من طرف الجنود، فينطلق عازما على الانتقام، يصل بغداد، بعد العديد من الأحداث المركبة بطريقة مثيرة ومتسلسلة.
في بغداد وهي الفترة الأطول في الرواية، تبدأ رحلة الانتقام بتعرفه على مجموعة من الناشطين العازمين على "تحرير" العراق، أو ربما "الاستيلاء" على العراق .
يتقن الكاتب كيف يجعلك تعيش الأحداث بتفاصيلها، الحصار، الصراع الداخلي "النفسي" والخارجي، الانتقام، الموت... حتى رائحة الخبز في القرية تصلك.
الجز
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Maria Pilar Gomez
May 31, 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
alhafizol
Oct 09, 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
Amandine
Sep 14, 2011 Amandine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dans le cadre de cette trilogie et de ce projet littéraire, ce livre-ci me semble le plus abouti des trois (bien que mon préféré soit plutôt Les hirondelles de Kaboul pour le style et le sujet abordé). Le malentendu qui oppose Orient et Occident y est abordé plus explicitement que jamais et est même nommé à plusieurs reprises. En effet, les Irakiens dont le territoire est envahi ne sont pas seulement en colère contre les Américains, mais contre l’ensemble de l’Occident qui les rabaisse et a perd ...more
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