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In: Journal of Arabic Literature
In: Journal of Arabic Literature
In: Journal of Arabic Literature
In: Journal of Arabic Literature
In: Oriente Moderno

Abstract

Muḥammad Khuḍayyir (b. 1942) wrote his early short stories in the aftermath of the 1967 war, while his 1980s short fiction responded indirectly to the reality of Basra during the long war with Iran. This article traces the development of Khuḍayyir’s fiction, with a particular focus on the use of imagery in a selection of his key stories from the 1970s and 1980s, some of which were re-published and re-evaluated in the 1990s and 2000s. The increasingly unconventional and oblique ways in which Khuḍayyir represents and responds to war set his work apart from both the official pro-war rhetoric promoted by the Baʿth party during its time in power, and the prevailing literary depiction of Iraq in the works of more highly acclaimed Iraqi writers publishing today.

In: Journal of Arabic Literature