Item description for The Last Of The Angels (Modern Arabic Literature) by Fadhil Al-azzawi & William M. Hutchins...
Set in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk during the 1950s, Fadhil al-Azzawi's novel The Last of the Angels tells the slyly humorous tale of three strikingly different people in one small neighborhood. During a labor strike against the British-run Iraq Petroleum Company, Hameed Nylon becomes a labor organizer and later a revolutionary, like his hero, Mao Tse-Tung. His brother-in-law, the sheep butcher Khidir Musa, travels to the Soviet Union to find his long-lost brothers, and returns home to great acclaim (and personal fortune) in an airship. Meanwhile, a young boy named Burhan Abdullah discovers an old chest in the attic of his family's house that lets him talk to angels. By turns satiric, picaresque, and apocalyptic, The Last of the Angels evokes the colorful atmosphere of Kirkuk, with its mix of Turkmen, Kurds, Arabs, Jews, and Assyrian Christians. Painting a loving, panoramic, and elegiac portrait of the city in the final years of Iraq s monarchy, al-Azzawi narrates his novel with a wry humor worthy of Twain and a magical nuance akin to Garcia Marquez. From a family s cat that is revealed to be a jinn to a murdered barber who ends up hailed as a saint with his own shrine, The Last of the Angels skillfully blends the comic and the supernatural. But as the grim reality of modern Iraqi history catches up with the novel's events, we come to learn the depth and complexity of Hameed Nylon, Khidir Musa, and Burhan Abdullah, and al-Azzawi's comic novel becomes a moving tale of growing up in a dangerous world.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2007
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774160592 ISBN13 9789774160592
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More About Fadhil Al-azzawi & William M. Hutchins
Fadhil al-Azzawi is the author of many volumes of poetry, novels, and criticism. A member of the avant-garde Kirkuk Group of poets during the 1960s, he left Iraq in 1977, after being imprisoned for three years by the Baath regime for his political activities. He lives in Germany.
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Amussing angels... Apr 5, 2008
I enjoyed the comedy of the every day life of the arab in this book. It has opened up a view of life in a part of the world I did not know anything about. Some of the stories were entertaining and some were very sad. This is a good read.