Al-mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets And Writers Respond To The March 5th, 2007, Bombing Of Baghdad's Street Of The Booksellers by Beau BeausoleilAl-mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets And Writers Respond To The March 5th, 2007, Bombing Of Baghdad's Street Of The Booksellers by Beau Beausoleil

Al-mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets And Writers Respond To The March 5th, 2007, Bombing Of…

EditorBeau Beausoleil, Deema Shehabi

Paperback | August 20, 2012

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On March 5th, 2007, a car bomb was exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad—the historic center of Baghdad bookselling—wounding more than 100 people and killing more than 30. This anthology begins with a historical introduction to al-Mutanabbi Street and includes the writing of Iraqis as well as a wide swath of international poets and writers who were outraged by this attack. Exploring the question Where does al-Mutanabbi Street start?, the book looks at both communities and nations, seeking to show the commonality between a small street in Baghdad and other individual cultural centers and explain why this attack was an attack on us all. Chapters examine al-Mutanabbi Street as a place for the free exchange of ideas, a place that has long offered its sanctuary to the complete spectrum of Iraqi voices, and a place where the roots of democracy took hold many hundreds of years ago.
Beau Beausoleil is the founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition and the author of Concealed in Language. Deema Shehabi is a Pushcart Prize–nominated writer who has contributed to numerous journals, including the Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, and Poetry Review (London). She is the author of Thirteen Departures from the Moon. ...
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Title:Al-mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets And Writers Respond To The March 5th, 2007, Bombing Of…Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:300 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:August 20, 2012Publisher:PM PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1604865903

ISBN - 13:9781604865905

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"Dunya Mikhail’s (2012) poem ‘A half-burned page on al-Mutanabbi Street’ shares al-Bustani’s concern whether Iraqi knowledge will survive the occupation, but arrives at a decidedly more optimistic conclusion. Mikhail’s poem visually performs books’ and bodies’ having been torn apart and ‘scattered’ (l. 6, 10) by the car bomb. It constitutes a poetological rumination on the value of literature and the legitimacy of reading the world symbolically—that is, for meaning—in light of events which prima facie lend credence to the nihilist philosophical position that life has no meaning." —European Journal of English Studies