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Farewell, Babylon: Coming of Age in Jewish Baghdad

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781567923360
Author(s): Naim Kattan
Format: Paperback
Year: 2007
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
Dimensions: 142 x 213 x 17 (w x l x h)
Pages: 199

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In "Farewell, Babylon, Naim Kattan takes readers into the heart of exotic mid-19th-century Baghdad's then-teeming Jewish community. Jews had lived in Iraq for 25 centuries, long before the time of Christ or Muhammad, but anti-Semitism and nationalism were on the rise. In this beautifully written memoir, a young boy comes of age and describes his discoveries — of work, literature, patriotism, the joys of lazy Sundays swimming in the Tigris. He also talks eloquently of his greatest discovery: women and love. This is a story of roots and exile, of thirst for life and life's experiences. But more than that it is a tribute to a lost world, an ancient Eastern city in which Iraq's Kurds, Bedouins, Sunnis, Shiites, Chaldeans, Catholics, and Jews all lived together in a rough, rewarding sort of harmony.

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