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The Corpse Washer

(2013)
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Young Jawad, born to a traditional Shi'ite family of corpse washers and shrouders in Baghdad, decides to abandon the family tradition, choosing instead to become a sculptor, to celebrate life rather than tend to death. He enters Baghdad's Academy of Fine Arts in the late 1980s, in defiance of his father's wishes and determined to forge his own path. But the circumstances of history dictate otherwise.

Saddam Hussein's dictatorship and the economic sanctions of the 1990s destroy the socioeconomic fabric of society. The 2003 invasion and military occupation unleash sectarian violence. Corpses pile up, and Jawad returns to the inevitable washing and shrouding. Trained as an artist to shape materials to represent life aesthetically, he now must contemplate how death shapes daily life and the bodies of Baghdad's inhabitants.

Through the struggles of a single desperate family, Sinan Antoon's novel shows us the heart of Iraq's complex and violent recent history. Descending into the underworld where the borders between life and death are blurred and where there is no refuge from unending nightmares, Antoon limns a world of great sorrows, a world where the winds wail.

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Hardback Editions

July 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Corpse Washer (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)
Author(s): Sinan Antoon
ISBN: 0-300-19060-3 / 978-0-300-19060-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Yale University Press
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Paperback Editions

July 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Corpse Washer (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)
Author(s): Sinan Antoon
ISBN: 0-300-20564-3 / 978-0-300-20564-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Yale University Press
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Audio Editions

April 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Corpse Washer
Author(s): Sinan Antoon
ISBN: 1-5113-9289-4 / 978-1-5113-9289-1
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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November 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Corpse Washer
Author(s): Sinan Antoon
Publisher: Audible Studios
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November 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Corpse Washer
Author(s): Sinan Antoon
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Corpse Washer (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)
Author(s): Sinan Antoon
Publisher: Yale University Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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