Remembering Babylon

Marina Benjamin, Naïm Kattan

04/03/2007 10:00 am
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Naim Kattan grew up in a multicultural Baghdad as did Marina Benjamin’s grandmother. A violent pogrom shook their world in 1941 and eventually 130, 000 Jews were airlifted out of Iraq and scattered across the globe in the early fifties. The two authors discussed colonial Baghdad, the political forces that shape the country today and the fate of its Jewish diaspora.

Marina Benjamin


Marina Benjamin is a writer and editor working mainly in narrative non-fiction and memoir, producing books, essays and journalism. Her latest books, The Middlepause (2016) and Insomnia (2018) were published in the UK, US and Australia and have been translated into eight languages. In 2020 she edited Garden Among Fires: A lockdown anthology published by Dodo Ink. Most recently, her feminist manifesto 'Soma' appeared in Trauma: Essays on Art nad Mental Health (2021). Marina is also a senior editor at Aeon Magazine.

Naïm Kattan

Naïm Kattan was born in Baghdad in 1928 and emigrated to Montreal in 1954. Novelist, essayist and critic, he is the author of more than 30 books, translated into several languages.

Linda Dangoor

Linda Dangoor has lived in the UK since the 60s. Artist, potter and writer, her interests in food and her Iraqi heritage have culminated in a beautifully designed cookery book: Flavours of Babylon.