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The Last Of The Angels

(2007)
A novel by

 
Set in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk during the 1950s, The Last of the Angels tells the slyly humorous tale of three strikingly different people in one small neighborhood. During a labor strike against the British-run Iraq Petroleum Company, Hameed Nylon becomes a labor organizer and later a revolutionary, like his hero, Mao Tse-Tung. His brother-in-law, the sheep butcher Khidir Musa, travels to the Soviet Union to find his long-lost brothers, and returns home to great acclaim (and personal fortune) in an airship. Meanwhile, a young boy named Burhan Abdullah discovers an old chest in the attic of his family's house that lets him talk to angels. By turns satiric, picaresque, and apocalyptic, The Last of the Angels paints a loving, panoramic, and elegiac portrait of Kirkuk in the final years of Iraq's monarchy. But as the grim reality of modern Iraqi history catches up with the novel's events, we come to learn the depth and complexity of Hameed Nylon, Khidir Musa, and Burhan Abdullah, and al-Azzawi's comic novel becomes a moving tale of growing up in a dangerous world.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2007 : Hardback
Title: The Last Of The Angels: A Modern Arabic Novel (Modern Arabic Literature (Hardcover))
Author(s): Fadhil al Azzawi
ISBN: 9774160592 / 978-9774160592
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
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Paperback Editions

June 2014 : Paperback
Title: The Last of the Angels: A Modern Iraqi Novel
Author(s): Fadhil Al-Azzawi
ISBN: 9774166493 / 978-9774166495
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Availability: Amazon   

July 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: The Last of the Angels: A Modern Iraqi Novel
Author(s): Fadhil al-Azzawi
ISBN: 1-4165-6745-3 / 978-1-4165-6745-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Free Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

July 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Last of the Angels: A Modern Iraqi Novel
Author(s): Fadhil al-Azzawi
Publisher: Free Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

April 2007 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Last of the Angels: A Modern Arabic Novel (Modern Arabic Literature (Hardcover))
Author(s): Fadhil al-Azzawi
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Availability: Amazon UK   



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