Dreaming of Baghdad
Dreaming of Baghdad
This evocative memoir captures the loneliness of exile and the connection between memory and survival.
Translated by Paul Hammond and Haifa Zangana
Foreword by Hamid Dabashi
Afterword by Ferial J. Ghazoul
Once part of a resistance group fighting Saddam Hussein and the Ba'ath regime, Haifa Zangana writes from the distance of time and place, and describes her embattled country and the process of remembering—and forgetting—what she once loved and feared.
Written with passion and commitment, Dreaming of Baghdad invoked my own dreams, and the joys and pain that memory can bring. A must read." —Nawal el-Saadawi, author of Woman at Point Zero
"Haifa Zangana illuminates the dark realities of Saddam Hussein's Iraq while remembering what she misses from that complex place and time." —Sharnush Parsipur, author of Women Without Men
"Haifa Zangana is the stuff of which legends are made—and how rare, how precious, how reassuring her voice is. . . . How poorer the world would have been without Haifa Zangana's courageous testimony. Drop anything you are reading and grab hold a copy of this magnificent book." —Hamid Dabashi, author of Iran: A People Interrupted
"A poetic rendition of survival under the conditions of war and occupation, this inspiring and passionate memoir is a reminder of the inseparability of the personal and political, and the local and global." —Shahrzad Mojab, co-editor of Violence in the Name of Honor: Theoretical and Political Challenges
"In this powerful narrative, Haifa Zangana weaves a rich tapestry that portrays the repression, torture, and resistance in Saddam's Iraq against a complex social landscape. A must read for anyone who wants to understand Iraq today." —Jacqueline S. Ismael, co-editor of the International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies
"Deftly sketched, simple and poetic, Dreaming of Baghdad drags politics down from the realm of the abstract into the mud, fear, and loneliness of personal experience and psychological ruin that is life under dictatorship. This is a landscape of clandestine struggle and crushing political defeat, of familiar old streets and the alienating structures of exile. Zangana's story is heartbreaking, but her clarity and resilience inspire awe." —The Nation