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Remembering Babylon

Marina Benjamin, Naim 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’s most recent books are Insomnia, The Middlepause, Rocket Dreams (shortlisted for the Eugene Emme Award) and Last Days in Babylon (longlisted for the Wingate Prize). She is currently a senior editor at the digital magazine Aeon.

Naim Kattan

Naim Kattan has written more than 30 books of fiction, poetry and criticism. He lives in Canada. Farewell, Babylon is his story of coming of age in Jewish Baghdad.

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.