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Iraqi poet Sinan Antoon discusses life in Iraq, 16 years after the US invasion

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On the next Your Call, we’ll talk about life in Iraq 16 years after the US invasion.

In the new novel, The Book of Collateral Damage, Iraqi poet and author Sinan Antoon follows Nameer, a young Iraqi scholar at Harvard hired to help two filmmakers document the devastation of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He meets a man trying to catalogue everything destroyed by the war and grapple with loss. What is life like today for Iraqis, and what are their hopes for the future?


Sinan Antoon, poet, novelist, translator, associate professor at New York University and author of The Book of Collateral Damage

Web Resources:

The New York Times: Fifteen Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country

Literary Hub: Excerpt: The Book of Collateral Damage

The Guardian: Baghdad's Green Zone reopens to public after 16 years

The Nation: Nation Building at Gunpoint


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