Literary Novel by an Iraqi Author on the Experience of Iraqi Jews among the Publications of Darsafi in Washington
Iraqi novelist Mohamed al-Ahmad signed a contract to print and publish “The Labyrinth of the Last One of Them” and to have it translated into English by Darsafi for Publishing and Distribution in Seattle, Washington, to be among its publications for this period. The novel tells of the experience of the Iraqi Jews, especially in the city of Baquba, al-Ahmad’s hometown.
In his commentary on the novel, Iraqi author Mushtaq Abdul-Hadi said: “The creative novelist Mohamed al-Ahmad has learned and mastered this lesson, so he excelled in his creative novel, ‘The Labyrinth of the Last One of Them,’ which has been written with a clear intellectual and artistic effort. It is no exaggeration to say that al-Ahmad’s novel is one of the most important works I have read this year.”
Abdul-Hadi continues in an article titled “A tour in ‘The Labyrinth of the Last One of Them’”: “These labyrinths, confessions and facts came out as labyrinths woven and established by ‘Macabious’ in the form of events and information on papers and in a secret way, so that others would not see it. Then these papers fall into the hands of the ‘following narrator,’ p. 317, after ‘Macabious’ loses them in the First Gulf War. From a message that he sends to the next narrator, it appears that he has joined his father ‘Yahouda,’ who loves Baquba, and who has been forced to settle in Israel. These labyrinths go to the last narrator and become like an intellectual and artistic deposit, so it is his responsibility to link these labyrinths together to form a series of golden narrations. I myself remain speechless before such a creative work, because I lack the critical tools that would enable me to highlight the greatness of this work adequately.”
Al-Ahmad – born in 1961 in the city of Baquba, northwest of Baghdad – is active in writing literary studies and looking for serious literature in Iraqi and Arab newspapers and sites. He has previous literary works, most notably a collection of stories titled “Between Love and Love” and the fictional adventure “The Oblivion Concerto.”