I imagine that’s a struggle that would be much different if you were gazing down on the forest from atop a mountain rather than wandering within it. The Poleax also recently published a discussion between Iraq + 100 contributor Diyaa al-Jubeili and translator Andrew Leber, who brought al-Jubeili’s “The Worker” into English. Review:
‘Iraq + 100’: Ten Visions of Iraq in 2103
Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrPinterestPocketLike this:Like Loading…‹ The Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Poem: ‘The Wall of Lost Chances’IPAF-longlisted ‘Paulo’: Exhausting and Unsettling, Like the Egyptian Revolution ›Categories: Iraq Do you think the large number of intellectuals living abroad will tend to fragment this output, or allow for greater connection with broader Arab and non-Arab audiences? Yet it’s a difficult thing to write about the fires burning you up from within. From the interview:
Photo courtesy Diyaa al-Jubeili. I strongly doubt that there is an “internal” literature or an “external” literature. Andrew Leber: How does it feel to be the only writer in the Iraq +100 project to still live in Iraq proper? Some have started to separate these works into their own categories, as if these were two separate literatures, not one single expression of a common identity. Personally, I think there is a bright future for the Iraqi novel and short story, yet those of us living here still lack the most basic means of getting published. I did feel, as I wrote my story, like somebody searching for something deep within a forest, surrounded by wild beasts and dense foliage and unknown dangers. If there are writers here working from the heart of the swamps, that doesn’t mean writers abroad are working from within an ivory tower, even if each certainly brings different experiences to their work. Yesterday, one of the authors featured in the collection Iraq + 100, the pseudonymous “Anoud,” was featured on PRI’s The World, while two days ago The Poleax published an interview with Iraq + 100 contributor Diyaa al-Jubeili:
On The World, Mosul-born “Anoud” talked about her story, “Kahramana,” which satirizes NGOs, the US presence in Iraq, and mostly ISIS on her current life in the US, a country she’s afraid to leave, and the similarities between ISIS and Trump doctrine. DJ: There is an idea one commentator coined after the 2003 war, that there is an internal literature and an external literature for Iraq — the former written inside Iraq by those still living there, and the latter written by emigres. You can read “2017 feels almost as strange as this writer’s dystopian vision of Iraq in 2103” and listen to the interview, which took place in the author’s current NYC home. It is next to impossible to get in touch with a foreign audience. Diyaa al-Jubeili: I don’t think of this as anything special in relation to the other authors on that project. AL: What do you see as in store for the future of literary production in Iraq?