Books by Alia Mamdouh

Alia Mamdouh is a journalist, essayist and novelist living in exile in Paris. Long banned from publishing in Saddam Hussein's Iraq, she is one of the leading figures in contemporary Iraqi literature. This release of her most widely acclaimed and translate

NAPHTALENE by Alia Mamdouh
Released: July 1, 2005

"A pungent, episodic glimpse of childhood in a patriarchal society: sometimes obscure but often intense and lyrical. (Naphtalene is the author's second novel, originally published in 1986 by an Egyptian press. It is also the first by an Iraqi woman to appear in the U.S.)"
A strong-willed girl's life in 1950s Baghdad, depicted by an award-winning Iraqi writer. Read full book review >