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Naim Kattan - Farewell, Babylon: Coming of Age in Jewish Bagdad
Jewish Community Center
Houston, TX
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Naim Kattan - Farewell, Babylon: Coming of Age in Jewish Bagdad
Award-winning novelist and poet, Naim Kattan takes readers into the heart of exotic mid-19th-century Bagdad's then-teeming Jewish community.  Jews had lived in Iraq for 25 centuries, long before the time of Jesus or Muhammad, but anti-Semitism and nationalism were on the rise.  In this beautifully written memoir, a young boy comes of age and describes his discoveries--of work, literature, patriotism, and the joys of lazy Sunday swimming in the Tigris.  This is a story of roots and exile, of thirst for life and life's experiences.  However, more than that, it is a tribute to a lost world, an ancient Eastern city in which Iraq's Kurds, Bedouins, Sunnis, Shiites, Chaldeans, Catholics, and Jews all lived together in a rough, rewarding sort of harmony.

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Jewish Community Center
5601 S. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77096
United States


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