Najem Wali

When Najem Wali was a child, Baghdad seemed dreamlike to him. His father came home with gifts and stories from the city and young Najeem harboured a single ambition throughout his schooldays: to move to the capital to study.

In 1980, at the outbreak of the Iran War, he fled to Germany, and the Baghdad he had only recently come to call home once again became a distant dream—the dream of a once beautiful city torn apart by decades of war and terror. This is the Baghdad Najem Wali remembers in his new book; a city of merchants, scientists and artists, a city as cosmopolitan, chic and stylish as London or Paris. Najem Wali interweaves the history of Bagdad with personal reminiscences, setting the images of horror against the backdrop of a flourishing metropolis.



Najem Wali: "Bagdad. Erinnerungen an eine Weltstadt". Im Rahmen des Lesefests NEUE TEXTE 2017 | Zur Veranstaltungs-Website

Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten,
Mariahilferplatz 3,
8020 Graz

Talk bei Bloch: Heimat als Utopie? Darüber diskutieren Dr. Hanna Gekle (ehemalige Assistentin von Ernst Bloch), Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rosa (Soziologe) und der Schriftsteller Najem Wali. Moderiert von Dietrich Brants (SWR). | Zur Veranstaltungs-Website

Walzmühlstraße 63,
67061 Ludwigshafen

Najem Wali: "Bagdad. Erinnerungen an eine Weltstadt"


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