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Farewell Babylon

Coming of Age in Jewish Baghdad

by (author) Naïm Kattan

read by A.C. Fellner

Brilliance Audio
Initial publish date
Aug 2016
Presidents & Heads of State, Entertainment & Performing Arts, Literary
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    Publish Date
    Aug 2016
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A classic memoir about growing up in Baghdad in the 1940s, by a grand old man of Canadian letters.

Here is the exotic world of one of the East's ancient cities, where Naim Kattan was born into the heart of its then teeming Jewish community. In this evocative memoir, a young boy comes of age, discovering work, literature, patriotism, racism—and women and love. Farewell, Babylon is a story of roots and anguished exile, of thirst for life and life's experiences. Above all it is a memoir of a lost world, a magical city in which Iraq's Kurds, Bedouins, Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in a rough sort of harmony.


About the authors

Naïm Kattan is one of the grand old men of Quebec letters. Winner of Quebec's prestigious Prix Athanse-David as well as the French Légion d'honneur, he has published 32 books of poetry, essays, and fiction, all in French, since coming to Canada in 1954.

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