The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq by Hassan Blasim
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m honestly not entirely sure what I think about most of these short stories.
This was a compelling read, primarily because it provides a glimpse into a world I most likely will never fully understand or comprehend. War-torn Iraq both before and after the 2003 invasion by the US remains utterly incomprehensible for its violence and chaos. And, these stories paint rather vivid pictures of the realities lived by Iraqis against it all.
War is hell, and the hell lived by Iraqis is rather beautifully captured in this collection. It is not an easy read, but it is compelling.