The Baghdad Eucharist

Author: Sinan Antoon

Publishing House: Hoopoe

Publication Year: 2017

Genre: Novel

Number of Pages: 136

“The Baghdad Eucharist” unfolds against the backdrop of sectarian violence in the city, where Maha and her husband find refuge with a distant cousin, Youssef. As the mounting turmoil infiltrates their sanctuary, a rare argument erupts between the elderly Youssef and his young guests. Maha, born into the era of sanctions and war, is unfamiliar with the Iraq that Youssef nostalgically cherishes, shaped by its good years.

Capturing the essence of a single day, the narrative becomes an intimate exploration of love, memory, and anguish within this Christian family. The familial tensions and generational divide are poignantly portrayed as the characters grapple with the weight of history and the disruptive forces reshaping their lives. Through the lens of Maha’s experience, the novel offers a glimpse into the profound impact of conflict on personal relationships and the complex interplay between memory and the present. In this poignant portrayal, the author skillfully weaves a narrative that transcends the immediate struggles of displacement, providing readers with a nuanced exploration of the enduring bonds that define familial connections in the face of adversity.

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