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A hundred and one days : a Baghdad journal
Seierstad, Asne
Adult Nonfiction DS79.76 .S4513 2005

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From Publishers' Weekly:

The author of The Bookseller of Kabul, Norwegian journalist Seierstad spent 101 days in Baghdad before, during and after the initial coalition attacks in March 2003. She calls the articles she sent back to Europe glimpses from the war, and weaves them into a brisk, present-tense narrative. The initial battles are with her official minders, always eager to steer her to sanctioned sites. With child psychologists, she sneaks out to explore the muddled terror and fantasy in Iraqi kids. A Finnish human shield professes no opinion of Saddam. A missile that hit a market renders scenes of blood and torment too gruesome to publish. Every American soldier the author meets mentions 9/11, but there is no one Iraqi voice she finds men joyful and resentful as they watch the fall of Saddam's statue, and finally able to report atrocities they witnessed. One constant is Aliya, Seierstad's interpreter, a loyal regime supporter who heroically shows up during the attacks, works mechanically after liberation to translate regime opponents' words and finally comes to some understanding of her country's past. While more ambitious narratives may provide more context, this is a valuable impressionistic portrait; it may lack the concentrated intimacy of The Bookseller of Kabul, but should backlist well as part of the tapestry of Iraq coverage. Agent, Diane Spivey. 7-city author tour. (Apr. 11) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The author is a talented and courageous Norwegian journalist whose prior work, The Bookseller of Kabul, set a high standard for description of the extraordinary and brutal lives of people in war. Baghdad now offers subjects no less dramatic than Kabul, perhaps more gripping since the period Seierstad covers conjoins the impact of Saddam Hussein's monstrous cruelty with the war and chaos of the early occupation. No less valuable is the author's willingness to include reference to her own frustration with Iraqi censorship and the "buzz of rumors, lies and half-truths" that encumbers serious reporting on Iraq. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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