Book Size: 5.25” x 8”

Pages: 192

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781623718688

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 1

Translator: Nariman Yousif

Release date: October 2020

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The American Granddaughter

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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.”
—Banipal Magazine

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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.

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About the authors

Born in Baghdad, Inaam Kachachi currently lives in Paris. She has a PhD in journalism and two previously published nonfiction titles: Iraqis Speak: The Iraqi Drama in Women’s Writing (2003) and a biography of the English painter Lorna Hailes (1997). Her novel The Outcast was shortlisted for the 2019 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

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.

Reviews

“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.

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