Three little tales and a short novella create a spicy, smoky, dizzy street life of Iraq.
Uploaded here are experimental pieces, and I welcome your constructive and honest comments.
In the first story, "The Star Shoeshiners", two shoe shine boys narrate their daily lives, aspirations, and war and peace. Written in pigeon English.
In the second story, "The Thirteenth Night in Baghdad", a woman who has married to a wealthy husband pays a surprise visit to her parents late at night. It is a rewrite of The Thirteenth Night by Ichiyo Higuchi, the 19th century Japanese writer.
The third story, "Gardenia of Falluja" is a story of love set in the chaotic aftermath of Iraq War. Only the opening chapters uploaded.
In the last and the only comedy story, "Queen Amytis' Knickers" you will travel with an international group of archeologists in search of the legendary jewel-scattered knickers of the Babylonian Queen Amytis into the pre-war Iraq under Saddam. (Coming up soon…)
*The cover image is an oil painting by Malak Jamal, one of the leading woman artists from Baghdad.