Iraq + 100

By (author)Cleo Abram

poses a question to contemporary Iraqi writers: what might your home city look like in the year 2103 ??? exactly 100 years after the disastrous American and British-led invasion of Iraq? How might that war reach across a century of repair and rebirth, and affect the state of the country ??? its politics, its religion, its language, its culture ??? and how might Iraq have finally escaped its chaos, and found its own peace, a hundred years down the line? As well as being an exercise in escaping the politics of the present, this anthology is also an opportunity for a hotbed of contemporary Arabic writers to offer its own spin on science fiction and fantasy.,Covering a range of approaches ??? from science fiction, to allegory, to magic realism ??? these stories use the blank canvas of the future to explore the nation???s hopes and fears in equal measure. Along the way a new aesthetic for the ???Iraqi fantastical??? begins to emerge: thus we meet time-travelling angels, technophobic dictators, talking statues, macabre museum-worlds, even hovering tiger-droids, and all the time buoyed by a dark, inventive humour that, in itself, offers hope.

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