Magazine article New Internationalist

Baghdad Central

Magazine article New Internationalist

Baghdad Central

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Baghdad Central by Elliott Colla (Bitter Lemon Press, ISBN 9781908524256)

This fine début novel is set in Baghdad in 2003 in the calamitous days of the postinvasion 'Coalition Provisional Authority'. Having disbanded the army and police force, the US occupation forces are faced with escalating violence and lawlessness.

In an attempt to reconstitute some semblance of the Iraqi Police Service they forcibly recruit Inspector Muhsin al-Khafaji to trawl through the police files and identify those individuals sufficiently 'untainted' by the Saddam regime to be re-employed. Khafaji was imprisoned and tortured in Abu Ghraib by the Americans and he is a most reluctant collaborator, agreeing to work for the occupiers of his country only because they are providing otherwise unobtainable medical treatment for his seriously ill daughter. …

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