The American Granddaughter$ 15.00
WINNER OF FRANCE’S THE LAGARDERE PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL PRIZE OF ARABIC FICTION
“Skillfully translated by Nariman Youssef, the English edition of The American Granddaughter is a welcome addition to Arabic literature in translation.”
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About this book
In her award-winning novel, Inaam Kachachi portrays the dual tragedy of her native land: America’s failure and the humiliation of Iraq.
The American Granddaughter depicts the American occupation of Iraq through the eyes of a young Iraqi-American woman, who returns to her country as an interpreter for the US Army. Through the narrator’s conflicting emotions, we see the tragedy of a country which, having battled to emerge from dictatorship, then finds itself under foreign occupation.
At the beginning of America’s occupation of Iraq, Zeina returns to her war-torn homeland as an interpreter for the US Army. Her formidable grandmother—the only family member that Zeina believes she has in Iraq—gravely disapproves of her granddaughter’s actions. Then Zeina meets Haider and Muhaymin, two “brothers” she knows nothing of, and falls deeply in love with Muhaymin, a militant in the Al Mehdi Army. These experiences force her to question all her values.Brand: Inaam Kachachi
“We let ourselves be won over by this novel that describes with such faithfulness and emotion the tearing apart of a country and a woman forever caught between two shores.” —Le Monde
“Full of poetry and freshness…” —Guide de la rentree litteraire, Lire/Virgin
About the Author
Nariman Youssef is an Egyptian writer and translator. She obtained a BSc in computer science from the American University in Cairo, has master’s degrees from Birkbeck College and the University of Edinburgh, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Manchester University. She has translated poetry by Omani poet Abdullah al Ryami and is the author of Summer of Unrest: Tahrir—18 Days of Grace.