77 minutes | Jun 16, 2020

2.2 Iraq + 100 with Anoud, Sinead Murphy & Annie Webster

The second episode of Series 2 of the Comma Press Podcast, which this series is on the theme of FUTURES. In this episode, Comma Publisher Ra Page is in conversation with contributors and academics about Comma's best-selling anthology, Iraq + 100: Stories from a century after the invasion, the first ever collection of science fiction from Iraq, edited by the award-winning author Hassan Blasim. Guest in this episode are Iraqi author Anoud (pseudonym), Sinead Murphy, who holds a PhD in contemporary Arab science fiction in English translation, and Annie Webster, a Wolfson PhD candidate at SOAS working on post-2003 Iraqi literature. Show notes: 1. Iraq +100 2. Hassan Blasim – The Iraqi Christ 3. Kahramana 4. Banthology 5. South Park 6. 1001 Nights 7. The Palestinian Novel by Bashir Abu-Manneh 8. BBC Two’s Civilisations – S1E1 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05xxsmp 9. H. G. Wells – The Shape of Things to Come 10. “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.” – George Orwell 11. Ahmed Khaled Towfik – Utopia 12. Palestine +100 13. An interview with Saleem Haddad (Palestine +100) on OpenDemocracy https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/north-africa-west-asia/reimagining-palestine-future-interview-saleem-haddad/ 14. Sinan Antoon – The Book of Collateral Damage 15. Hassan Blasim – The Corpse Exhibition (Penguin North America) https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/313242/the-corpse-exhibition-by-hassan-blasim/9780143123262 Sorry for some quiet audio in parts! Sponsored by STORGY. Supported by Arts Council England and Manchester Metropolitan University's Digital Labs. Produced and edited by Becca Parkinson.
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