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Title
Last days in Babylon - the story of the Jews of Baghdad
Author
Marina Benjamin
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Bloomsbury
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20080218

Marina Benjamin grew up in London, feeling estranged from her family's Middle Eastern ways, refusing to speak Arabic or eat their food. But when Benjamin had her own child a few years ago, she realised that she was losing her link to the past, inspiring a journey to Baghdad and into her family's history. Her discoveries will haunt anyone who seeks to understand a country whose ongoing struggles continue to command the world's attention. By turns moving and funny, Last Days in Babylonis an adventure story, a riveting history and a timely reminder that behind today's headlines are real people whose lives are caught in the crossfire of misunderstanding, prejudice and ambition.

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Marina Benjamin has worked as a journalist for fifteen years. She was arts editor of theNew Statesmanand deputy arts editor at the Evening Standard, and has written columns for the Daily Expressand Scotlandon Sunday. Her last book, Rocket Dreams, was shortlisted for the Eugene M. Emme Award. Marina lives in London with her husband and daughter.

'Last Days in Babylon is a marvel … An amalgam of political commentary, history and personal memoir it offers a poignant testimony to an obliterated people'
Sunday Times

'An intelligent and heartfelt book'
Sunday Telegraph

'Much more than a biography. Benjamin provides an impassioned account of a multi-ethnic society and an incisive expos of the twentieth-century political vicissitudes which transformed the Middle East … This is a history unknown even to most Jews. Benjamin narrates it fluently and passionately'
Independent

'Benjamin tells their story fluently, cogently and with well-modulated empathy. It is a tale worth reading'
Evening Standard

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Jews - Iraq - Baghdad - Biography.|Jews - Iraq - Baghdad - Social conditions - 20th century.|Baghdad (Iraq) - History - 20th century.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
324

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