Poppies of Iraq

Poppies of Iraq

Book - 2017
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Brigitte Findakly's nuanced chronicle of her relationship with her homeland Iraq, co-written and drawn by her husband, the acclaimed cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. They share memories of her middle class childhood touching on cultural practices, the education system, Saddam Hussein's state control, and her family's history as Orthodox Christians in the Arab world. Poppies of Iraq is intimate and wide-ranging; the story of how one can become separated from one's homeland and still feel intimately connected yet ultimately estranged. Signs of an oppressive regime permeate a seemingly normal life: magazines arrive edited by customs; the color red is banned after the execution of General Kassim; Baathist militiamen are publicly hanged and school kids are bussed past them to bear witness. As conditions in Mosul worsen over her childhood, Brigitte's father is always hopeful that life in Iraq will return to being secular and prosperous. The family eventually feels compelled to move to Paris, however, where Brigitte finds herself not quite belonging to either culture. A poignant family portrait that covers loss, tragedy, love, and the loneliness of exile.
Publisher: [Montréal] : Drawn & Quarterly, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781770462939
Branch Call Number: 956.7044 F49p
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Trondheim, Lewis


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Readers who enjoy the darkly humorous graphic novels of French-Canadian artist and animator Guy Delisle may also enjoy the work of acclaimed cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. Both artists use their deceptively simple drawing styles to tell offbeat and amusing stories. Here Trondheim has collaborated wi... Read More »

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