The War Works Hard

Elizabeth Winslow (Author) Dunya Mikhail (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$15.95
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
April 17, 2005
Pages
96
Dimensions
6.12 X 0.3 X 8.98 inches | 0.34 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811216210
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About the Author

Dunya Mikhail was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to the United States thirty years later in 1995. After graduating from the University of Baghdad, she worked as a journalist and translator for the Baghdad Observer. Facing censorship and interrogation, she left Iraq, first to Jordan and then to America, settling in Detroit. New Directions published her books The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq, The Iraqi Nights, Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea, and The War Works Hard--chosen as one the New York Public Library's Books to Remember in 2005--as well as her edited volume, 15 Iraqi Poets. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Knights Foundation grant, a Kresge Fellowship, and the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing, and works as a special lecturer of Arabic at Oakland University in Michigan.

Reviews

Here, the fierceness of the public life meshes with the hard-won tenderness of the private, in a passionate dialectic that makes her voice the inescapable voice of Arab poetry today.--Pierre Joris
Dunya Mikhail is a woman who speaks like the disillusioned goddesses of Babylon. Blunt as well as subtle, she makes of war a distinct entity, thus turning it into a myth. To her own question, 'What does it mean to die all this death?, ' her poems answer that it means to reveal the only redeeming power that we have: the existence of love.--Etel Adnan