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WHISPERING WALLS: A timely novel with powerful political resonance, documenting a Kurdish family’s quest for closure during the invasion of Iraq
British-Kurdish writer, Choman Hardi, draws on real-life and historical events for her debut novel documenting a Kurdish family’s struggles during the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. Hardi’s debut novel, WHISPERING WALLS, launches on the 20th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. In March 2003, the US and international allies invaded Iraq and ousted Saddam Hussein’s regime. Though many exiled Kurds and Iraqis wished for an end to the regime, they worried too about their families back in Iraq. Across 304 riveting pages, WHISPERING WALLS movingly tells the story of Lana and her brothers as they deal with the fall of the Iraqi regime, their current lives, and their past tragedies: the enigma of their teenage sister’s suicide, and their brother’s murder.
About the author
Dr. Choman Hardi is the author of critically acclaimed books in the fields of poetry, academia, and translation. Since 2010, poems from her first English collection, Life for Us (Bloodaxe, 2004) have been studied by secondary school students as part of their English GCSE curriculum in the UK. Hardi’s second collection, considering the Women (Bloodaxe, 2015), was given a recommendation by the Poetry Book Society and shortlisted for the prestigious Forward Prize for Best Collection. It was also translated into French in 2020. Her book Gendered Experiences of Genocide: Anfal Survivors in Kurdistan- Iraq (Routledge, 2011) was named a UK Core Title by the Yankee Book Peddler. Her translation of Sherko Bekas’s Butterfly Valley (ARC Publishing) won a PEN Translates Award