The Bird Tattoo


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$26.95  $25.06
Pegasus Books
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6.25 X 9.25 X 0.9 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Dunya Mikhail was born in Baghdad, Iraq. 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. She is the author of The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, 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, as well as her edited volume, Fifteen 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.


Praise for Dunya Mikhail

"A searing portrait of courage."-- "New York Times Book Review"
"Remarkable. A child's perspective mingles freely with the poet's mature voice, both baffled by the paradoxes of so much beauty and so much destruction."----Ron Charles "The Washington Post"
"A powerful reminder."-- "Financial Times"
"A visceral account of the outskirts of modern day Iraq. Powerful and heartbreaking, this work lets the survivors tell their stories and highlights the courage of those risking their lives to rescue others."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"Dunya Mikhail, award-winning poet, has gathered first-person stories from those who survived [an] unthinkable ordeal, as well as those who worked tirelessly to rescue them. We should all read it."----Peter Stanford "The Observer"
"Shakespeare would have enjoyed the poetry of Dunya Mikhail, who has spoken of love as a response to a war-torn world-an aesthetic, a value, and a practice."--Elizabeth Toohey "Christian Science Monitor"
"Iraqi American poet and journalist Mikhail revisits in this frank and wrenching novel the subject of The Beekeeper, her nonfiction narrative about the impact of Daesh, the name for ISIS, on the Yazidi religious minority of northern Iraq. Mikhail's sympathetic and fast-moving story of ordinary life and its violent disruption makes for a moving love letter to the Yazidi."

-- "Publishers Weekly"
"Compelling reading. Just because this is fiction doesn't mean it isn't true... The bird tattoo of the title is one of the rare comforting constants, a shared emblem of Helen and Elias' love within this hellish reign of terror. A harrowing and resonant achievement."-- "Booklist"
"Mikhail's work is an acknowledgment of war's incomprehensibility and a resistance against it. Perhaps only fiction is capacious enough to contain the kind of cruelty and endurance that overwhelms our understanding of what's possible. A striking act of imagination that recasts her earlier research with new emotional power."--Ron Charles "The Washington Post "