The President's Gardens (MacLehose Press Editions)
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Published By MacLehose Press
ISBN : 9780857056788
Category : Fiction
Format : Paperback
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A story buffeted by the wider tides of history: the bloody churn of dictatorship, invasion and occupation . . . The President's Gardens evokes the fantastical, small town feel of One Hundred Years of Solitude . . . Shocks and enchants. (Tom Gordon Financial Times.)

Though firmly rooted in its context, The President's Gardens' concerns are universal. It is a profoundly moving investigation of love, death and injustice, and an affirmation of the importance of dignity, friendship and meaning amid oppression. The novel is undoubtedly a tragedy, but its light touch and persistent humour make it an enormous pleasure to read. (Robin Yassin-Kassab Guardian.)

A stunning achievement. (Ben East The National.)

Deeply painful and satirical, The President's Gardens is a contemporary tragedy of epic proportions. No author is better placed than Muhsin Al-Ramli, already a star in the Arabic literary scene, to tell this story. I read it in one sitting. (Hassan Blasim, winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize)

One of the most important contemporary Iraqi novelists and writers. (El Mundo.)

A novel filled with details . . . with passion, homeland, revolution, and grief. It represents a landmark in the progression of Iraqi literature. (Miral Al-Tahawi.)

How do you preserve dignity amidst the relentless carnage and mutilation of modern Iraq? Told with a fresh transparency and tender insight, The President's Gardens draws on the unfathomable resilience of the Iraqi people, leaving me speechless and humbled. (Paul MacAlindin, author of Upbeat: The Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq.)

Masterful. (Malu Halasa, co-author and editor of Syria Speaks.)

One Hundred Years of Solitude meets The Kite Runner in Saddam Hussein's Iraq

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