Banipal Book Club

The book under discussion is the winning title of the 2014 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize,The Corpse Washer,written and translated by Iraqi writer and academic Sinan Antoon.


The book can be purchased online . There are also several copies available in the library. You can read more about the book here, and about BANIPAL event with Sinan Antoon on 24 February on Susannah Tarbush’s blogspot here.


You can also read more about Sinan Antoon’s The Corpse Washer on Farid Farid’s article on the Guardian: Sinan Antoon: an Iraqi novelist living in continuous mourning :


“Antoon is interested in teasing out the embodied tension of living and working in the country that occupied his homeland, and talks of the sense of estrangement when witnessing the horrors of a protracted conflict.


Talking about writing against a backdrop of ravaging violence, he says “oftentimes I am speechless, like many of us are, but we are in the business of words so we have to somehow try and represent the ef ects of all of this on human beings”.


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All are welcome for informal discussion and readings. It will be from 6.30 approximately 8pm, in the Meeting Rooms & Library, on the first floor of the Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE.




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Banipal Book Club

Thursday 19 March 2015

6.30PM – 8.00PM

“The Corpse Washer”


by Sinan Antoon