The Long Way Back : A Modern Arabic Novel
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"The Long Way Back" tells the story of four generations of the same family living in an old house in the Bab al-Shaykh district of Baghdad. Their private conflicts and passions are set against the wider drama of events leading up to the overthrow of prime minister Abd al-Karim Qasim and the rise of the Baath party in Iraq. Relationships between generations, social groups, and genders is dramatized with a mixture of humor, bitter irony, and compassion.