Rating: 3* of fiveThe Publisher Says: A soldier with the willingness to predict the future finds himself blackmailed by an insurgent into the ultimate act of terror…A deviser of crosswords survives a car-bomb attack, only to discover he is now haunted by one of its victims…Fleeing a robbery, a Baghdad shopkeeper falls into a deep hole, at the bottom of which sits a djinni and the corpse of a soldier from a completely different war…From legends of the desert to horrors of the forest, Blasim ’ s stories blend the fantastic with the everyday, the surreal with the all-too-real.
I dunno 'bout that one for sure, but ost of me says " not a damn chance. " Anyway, to the trenches: " The Balla of the oats " is a modest story about a an whose family is completely insane, not least of all his good self.On more than one occasion I heard how life apparently advances, moves on, sets sail or, at worst, apparently crawls slowly forward.
I had this great passion for studying and writing, which they explained in my household with the stories of the umbilical cord.
4 stars " The Iraqi Christ " is the title story, and resembles a sort of " Appointment in Samarra " narrated by the victim ... Daniel the Christian saves his compatriots with his premonitions, until one day he does n't, and for no reason I can figure out.
The protagonis has a familiar personality: The pleasure I found in reading books was disconcerting ... I felt ambivalen about every new piece of information.
I read and read and felt dizzy with the topi, as if I had eaten a psychotropic fruit.Do n't we all know someone a bit like that?
4 stars " A Wolf " is the maundering, drunken bar story of an immigrant man trying to make a sodden kind of ense of a world he does n't begin to understand ... .I believe in dreams more than I believe in God. Dreams get into you and leave, then come back with new fruit, but God is just a vast desert.Out of the mout of drunks ...
3.5 stars " The Dung Beetle ", or as I like to call it, " The Origins of an Iraqi Man as a Publicis in a Freakin' Cold Climate That Makes His Desert-Born Brain Go Doolally. " 2.5 stars " A Thousand and One Knives " just frankly could n't keep my interest, and it seemed to be about some guy who had some stuff happen to him and porno pics with torture figured into it somehow and then there 's a baby who materializes knives ... I dunno, whatever, just MAKE IT STOP! Fortunately, this was the only story.