Baghdad Burning Nominated for Prestigious Literary Prize

The blog entitled Baghdad Burning, written by an anonymous Iraqi woman in her late 20’s, was nominated for the prestigious Samuel Johnson prize, which awards £30000 to the winner.

The most recent post at Baghdad Burning marks the three year anniversary of the US occupation. The author talks about the increasing separatism between the Muslim factions, the Shias and the Sunnis, in Iraq. She uses a childhood memory to depict the progressive, peaceful way she was raised to think and feel about being a Muslim, and contrasts this to regressive attitudes of some of her fellow Iraqis now.

There is a frightening sense of despair and foreboding in this recent entry — the proverbial feeling of the anvil hanging, waiting to fall.


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