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Dreaming of Baghdad

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  7 reviews
“Deftly sketched, simple and poetic, Dreaming of Baghdad drags politics down from the realm of the abstract into the mud, fear, and loneliness of personal experience and psychological ruin that is life under dictatorship. This is a landscape of clandestine struggle and crushing political defeat, of familiar old streets and the alienating structures of exile. Zangana’s stor ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by The Feminist Press at CUNY (first published August 1st 2009)
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Jo
I think all of our political leaders - globally - should be forced to read this book. It's an intense anti-torture memoir. Immediately from page one, I felt like this book captured me, threw me on a train, and forced me to undertake a fascinating, terrifying, and deeply sad journey, with release only at the end. The entire experience was gripping; all throughout, I felt as if I was being constantly dipped into the trenches of the psychology of the tortured. It's not pretty, but it's important to ...more
Joan
A good piece of writing that shows the humanity of the war. I admit, I didn't know much about what's happening over there, and this work really humanized for me. It sounds awful to think that I didn't think of the Iraqis as humans, but in some ways I guess I didn't. So what did I think of them? I guess I kind of pitied them, but did I think of them as lesser than me too? I don't know, but I guess it's eye opening to think that sometimes I don't think of humans as humans. I think of them more as ...more
Nadia
I didn't really know what to expect for a book I'd never heard anybody talk about-I think most people know Haifa Zangana as an activist and not a writer-but this is one of the best books I read in the last year. Really touching stories about ba'th regime oppression as experienced by women activists specifically.

I should probably just make an Iraq shelf I have more than enough books to put on it.
Guneet
Imprisoned at Abu Ghraib, tortured, beaten and self-exiled, the protagonist lives in London, trying to push off memories of torture through sleeping pills.
Nice read.
Reality Visions
Originally published as "Through the Vast Halls of Memory," in 1990 "Dreaming of Baghdad" is a 2009 Feminist Press (CUNY) reprint of Kurdish-Iraqi activist Haifa Zangana's haunting memories of her 1970s activism and imprisonment under the Ba'ath party. Zangana's narrative shifts in time, place, and subjectivity, resulting in an illuminating/troubling remark on the nature of trauma and memory.
Sukanto
It's never easy to read first hand accounts of torture and the pain associated with war. But it's also necessary at times to embrace reality like this, in order to understand how hate spreads its tentacles. This is a touching narration by Haifa Zangana.
Abhilash Bala
Short and ironically written. Not a page turner, yet the struggle is described neat.
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