by Bakhtiyar Ali, translated from the Kurdish by Kareem Abdulrahman - £9.99 Garnet Publishing Ltd (Periscope) (2016)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781859641255 | ISBN 10: 1859641253
Iraqi Kurdistan at the turn of the twenty-first century is a territory ruled by strongmen, revolutionaries, fixers, bureaucrats and the “Barons” who control everything from livestock and land to Kurdish cultural life.
Defying the absolute power wielded by the Barons, a band of friends led by a poet embarks on an odyssey to find the bodies of two lovers killed unjustly by the authorities. The Barons respond by attempting to crush these would-be avengers, though their real war is waged against the imagination itself – a prized, elusive commodity for which intellectuals, merchants, political elites and humble workers all search in one way or another.
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