The Sirens of Baghdad

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The Sirens of Baghdad

By Yasmina Khadra; John Cullen (Translator)

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307386168, 307pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2008

The third novel in Yasmina Khadra's bestselling trilogy about Islamic fundamentalism has the most compelling backdrop of any of his novels: Iraq in the wake of the American invasion. A young Iraqi student, unable to attend college because of the war, sees American soldiers leave a trail of humiliation and grief in his small village. Bent on revenge, he flees to the chaotic streets of Baghdad where insurgents soon realize they can make use of his anger. Eventually he is groomed for a secret terrorist mission meant to dwarf the attacks of September 11th, only to find himself struggling with moral qualms. "The Sirens of Baghdad" is a powerful look at the effects of violence on ordinary people, showing what can turn a decent human being into a weapon, and how the good in human nature can resist.

About the Author
YASMINA KHADRA is the nom de plume of the former Algerian army officer Mohammed Moulessehoul. He is the author of six books published in English, among them "The Swallows of Kabul" and "The Attack," for which he was awarded the Prix des Libraires and was short-listed for the Prix Goncourt, Prix Femina, and Prix Renaudot. He lives in Aix-en-Provence, France."

Praise For The Sirens of Baghdad

“Compelling. . . . Khadra brings us deep into the hearts and minds of people living in unspeakable mental anguish.” —Los Angeles Times"Khadra's work has been compared to that of his Algerian compatriot Albert Camus, and The Sirens of Baghdad has a similar blaze of heat, the same heavy, insoluble questions. . . . The novel builds to a startling and wrenching finish." San Francisco Chronicle"Nerve-wracking. . . . A blunt story line that has real passion behind it. The author's ear for Iraqi despair, fury and violation is keen." —The New York Times