Iraq + 100: The First Anthology of Science Fiction to Have Emerged from Iraq

Stories by Hassan Blasim  and others
Edited by Hassan Blasim
Translated by Jonathan Wright
Read by Peter Ganim

6.88 Hours 09/12/2017 unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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"Peter Ganim was just the right choice to narrate this audiobook" — AudioFile Magazine A groundbreaking audiobook anthology of science fiction from Iraq that will challenge your perception of what it means to be “The Other.” This collection of short stories is masterfully edited by Hassan Blasim and features the following authors: Hassan Blasim (translated by Jonathan Wright) Ali Bader (translated by Elisabeth Jaquette) Diaa Jubaili (translated by Andrew Leber) Mortada Gzar (translated by Katharine Halls) Zhraa Alhaboby (translated by Emre Bennett) Khalid Kaki (translated by Adam Talib) Jalal Hasan (translated by Max Weiss) Anoud (translated by herself) Hassan Abdulrazzak (translated by himself) Ibrahim al-Marashi (translated by himself) “History is a hostage, but it will bite through the gag you tie around its mouth, bite through and still be heard.”—Operation Daniel In a calm and serene world, one has the luxury of imagining what the future might look like. Now try to imagine that future when your way of life has been devastated by forces beyond your control. Iraq + 100 poses a question to Iraqi authors (those who still live in that nation, and those who have joined the worldwide diaspora): What might your home country look like in the year 2103, a century after a disastrous foreign invasion? Using science fiction, allegory, and magical realism to challenge the perception of what it means to be “The Other,” this groundbreaking anthology contains stories that are heartbreakingly surreal, and yet utterly recognizable to the human experience. Though born out of exhaustion, fear, and despair, Iraq + 100 is also fueled by themes of love, family, and endurance, and woven through with a delicate thread of hope for the future.

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Among longlisted titles for NPR Best Book of the Year, 2017

"Peter Ganim was just the right choice to narrate this audiobook" — AudioFile Magazine

A groundbreaking audiobook anthology of science fiction from Iraq that will challenge your perception of what it means to be “The Other.”

This collection of short stories is masterfully edited by Hassan Blasim and features the following authors:

Hassan Blasim (translated by Jonathan Wright)
Ali Bader (translated by Elisabeth Jaquette)
Diaa Jubaili (translated by Andrew Leber)
Mortada Gzar (translated by Katharine Halls)
Zhraa Alhaboby (translated by Emre Bennett)
Khalid Kaki (translated by Adam Talib)
Jalal Hasan (translated by Max Weiss)
Anoud (translated by herself)
Hassan Abdulrazzak (translated by himself)
Ibrahim al-Marashi (translated by himself)

“History is a hostage, but it will bite through the gag you tie around its mouth, bite through and still be heard.”—Operation Daniel

In a calm and serene world, one has the luxury of imagining what the future might look like.

Now try to imagine that future when your way of life has been devastated by forces beyond your control.

Iraq + 100 poses a question to Iraqi authors (those who still live in that nation, and those who have joined the worldwide diaspora): What might your home country look like in the year 2103, a century after a disastrous foreign invasion?

Using science fiction, allegory, and magical realism to challenge the perception of what it means to be “The Other,” this groundbreaking anthology contains stories that are heartbreakingly surreal, and yet utterly recognizable to the human experience.

Though born out of exhaustion, fear, and despair, Iraq + 100 is also fueled by themes of love, family, and endurance, and woven through with a delicate thread of hope for the future.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Peter Ganim was the right choice to narrate this audiobook. Locus
“This collection of short stories runs the gamut from science fiction and fantasy to magical realism and mythical allegory…Framed by Blasim’s insightful introduction, these stories serve as a moving, perceptive commentary on Iraq, and, indeed, the world, and offer several intriguing visions of the future. Though speculative fiction is not a genre familiar to the Iraqi literary tradition, this collection allows readers a chance to witness the genre develop before their eyes.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“In a just world, every single person who was in favor of invading Iraq would have to read this book.” NPR

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Author Bio: Hassan Blasim

Hassan Blasim was born in Baghdad and was persecuted under Saddam Hussein’s regime. In 1998, he fled to Iraqi Kurdistan, where he made films and taught film making under a pseudonym. A year into the Iraq War he escaped to Finland, where he is a filmmaker, poet, fiction writer, and co-editor of the Arabic literary website Iraq Story. is the winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for The Iraqi Christ.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 6.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English