The Baghdad Villa: A Novel by Zuheir El-Hetti, translated by Samira Kawar
A young Iraqi woman watches her family life collapse amid the country's political turmoil, turning to the seven world-famous paintings hanging in her family's Baghdad villa to make sense of the chaos around her. A work of translated fiction written by an award-winning Iraqi writer and journalist.
Ghosnelban interprets the events unfolding around her through detailed descriptive analysis of seven paintings hanging on the walls of a formal reception room in the family's palatial villa. The family's fate embodies the wider ruination affecting the country at large.