The Sirens of Baghdad

The Sirens of Baghdad

A Novel

eBook - 2008
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The third novel in Yasmina Khadra's bestselling trilogy about Islamic fundamentalism has the most compelling backdrop of any of his novels: Iraq in the wake of the American invasion.

A young Iraqi student, unable to attend college because of the war, sees American soldiers leave a trail of humiliation and grief in his small village. Bent on revenge, he flees to the chaotic streets of Baghdad where insurgents soon realize they can make use of his anger. Eventually he is groomed for a secret terrorist mission meant to dwarf the attacks of September 11th, only to find himself struggling with moral qualms. The Sirens of Baghdad is a powerful look at the effects of violence on ordinary people, showing what can turn a decent human being into a weapon, and how the good in human nature can resist.

"Compelling. . . . Khadra brings us deep into the hearts and minds of people living in unspeakable mental anguish." -- Los Angeles Times

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2008
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780307455604
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Cullen, John 1942-


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May 09, 2018

A wonderful, but sad, novel. My second novel by this author. I'll be reading more of his work.

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

Set in present-day Iraq, this story is told through the eyes of a young Bedouin man who comes from a traditional village. Violent encounters with the American forces ensue. Through humiliation, loss and despair comes a transformation of his character. This novel helps us to understand how the suffering and sense of hopelessness experienced by Iraqis today could turn people towards radicalism.

ambrosianyc Oct 14, 2014

This book gave an insight on what would cause someone who seemingly is totally appalled by any violence to be so consumed with hate that their only solace at night is they need to defend their honor by killing. I am not at all for anyone killing innocent people but this book gave a perspective of someone on the other end of the spectrum

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