Synopses & Reviews
“This first novel by an Iraqi woman to be published in English in the United States is a hallucinatory incantation…an ode to a city…(with) its private courtyards and public baths where the women in Huda’s life rage and pray and love and scream.”—Ms. Magazine
Now in paperback, Naphtalene captures a fierce and defiant young girl as she struggles to form her identity in 1950s Baghdad amid a world of unfulfilled women and family tragedies.
Iraqi exile Alia Mamdouh is a journalist, essayist, and novelist living in Paris who received the Naguib Mahfouz Prize for Literature in 2004.
The first novel by an Iraqi woman published in the United States now available in paperback.
About the Author
Alia Mamdouh was born in Baghdad in 1944 and has been a journalist and writer for over thirty years. She has published four novels, two collections of short stories, and numerous critical essays in Arabic. Since going into exile in 1982, she has lived and worked in London, Cairo, and Beirut. Currently, she resides in Paris. Peter Theroux has lived and traveled in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. He is the author of The Strange Disappearance of Imam Moussa Sadr, Sandstorms, and Translating LA, and the translator of several Arab novels, including The House of Mathilde by Hassan Daoud and Dongola: A Novel of Nubia by Idris Ali. He currently works and lives in California. Hélène Cixous is one of the most prominent cultural and political thinkers in the world. Her work has transformed both feminism and literary criticism. In Paris, she sits as chair at the Centre de Recherches en Etudes Feminines, which she founded. F.A. Haidar grew up in Baghdad and holds a Ph.D. from the University of London. She has written extensively on Iraqi literature and the spoken Arabic of Iraq, especially the dialects of Baghdad.