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The Man in Blue Pyjamas: Prison Memoir in the Form of a Novel

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From 19861989 poet and journalist Jalal Barzanji endured imprisonment and torture under Saddam Hussein’s regime because of his literary and journalistic achievements writing that openly explores themes of peace, democracy, and freedom. It was not until 1998, when he and his family took refuge in Canada, that he was able to consider speaking out fully on these topics. This
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 12th 2011 by The University of Alberta Press (first published April 15th 2011)
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Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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This is an amazing book. I had the pleasure of being at the conference when it was announced that Jalal Barzanji was to be the first Edmonton Writer in exile at the Edmonton Public Library. (The conference was held in Grande Prairie that year) This position is the only one of its kind in Canada. The Edmonton Public Library provides support for a Edmonton based writer who has escaped persecution in their own country. This writer gets an office and a grant so they can work on their own writing.

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Cindy
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Powerful story about a Kurdish poet/journalist who grew up in Iraq and was imprisoned by Saddam Hussein.

I found this book from the list on A Year of Reading the World. My goal is 1 per month. See ayearofreadingtheworld.com.
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Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Learned about Kurdish oppression during Sadam Insane's reign. Felt bad for this educated man's view of women's roles in their backward society.
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This book is fantastic i know the family and the struggles they went through such an amazing piece and can be read in two language, he is a true patriot and hero for his work!!
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