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“From the Diary of a War Child” Diaries of the Iraqi Poet Wafaa Abdul-Raziq among the Publications of Darsafi, USA

Submitted by on October 9, 2013 – 5:36 pm

The Iraqi poet Wafaa Abdul-Raziq has signed a contract to print and publish her poetry collection “From the Diary of a War Child,” which has been translated by the Syrian writer and journalist Yousuf Ismaeil Shighri with Darsafi for publishing and distribution in Seattle, Washington. The publishing house will edit the translation before printing.

Abdul-Raziq, who lives in London, focuses on the tragedy of childhood through the subject of her poetic book. The book includes a long poem that consists of fifteen diaries. Each diary consists of six sections where the poet wears the childhood dress and looks at her grief and diaries in her poetic text, trying to depict the reality in Iraq and in the Arab countries afflicted by crisis.


The book was nominated to obtain the Bachelor’s degree in Arabic literature at the University of Tebessa, Algeria in 2009. It was also selected, after being translated into French by Éditions L’Harmattan in Paris, to be among the literary works representing Asia under the supervision of Professor Joseph Tomsean[1]. In addition, the book won the Mitropolite Nicholaous No’man Prize of Human Virtues in Lebanon, 2008. The book was also selected as a research project for the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research / Institute of Humanities, Department of Arabic Language and Literature, Algeria, 2011.


In his critical review on the book, the Iraqi critic Ahmed Kazim Naseef says: “Wafaa Abdul-Raziq wears the mask of childhood and borrows a scream to put before us the story of a childhood that is at times self-focused and other times personal. She reminds us of creative works, such as the two parts of Abdel-Rahman al-Sharqawi’s play: Husayn the Rebel, Husayn the Martyr, and also Salah Abdel Sabour’s mask in his poetic play ‘Hallaj’.”


It is worth mentioning that the poetic, narrative and fictional works of Wafaa Abdul-Raziq have been the subject of several studies, graduation certificates and Ph.D. and Masters theses, in recognition of her efforts to deal with humanitarian subjects that touch upon human reality.



[1] Unable to identify; is there any more detailed information about this professor?

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