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From Baghdad to Bedlam By Maged Kadar

From Baghdad to Bedlam

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It's 1987, and Maged is working nights as a cabbie in London, befriended by his fellow cabbie, 'The Professor', who offers local prostitutes gynaelogical advice. By day he's a news junkie, hooked on broadcasts from his native war-torn Iraq, and desperate for news of his family.
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From Baghdad to Bedlam by Maged Kadar

It's 1987, and Maged is working nights as a cabbie in London, befriended by his fellow cabbie, 'The Professor', who offers local prostitutes gynaelogical advice. By day he's a news junkie, hooked on broadcasts from his native war-torn Iraq, and desperate for news of his family. To deal with his terrible homesickness he recalls his childhood in Iraq in vivid detail - the meetings in the village diwan, the scent of coffee beans, and the colourful outlaws, shepherds, soldiers and visiting Muslim missionaries that pass through. He goes on to recall Saddam Hussein's rise to power, and his escape to England, where he meets his future wife, Carole, in the lingerie section of C&A in Liverpool. From the idyll of his childhood through the harsh realities of a life of unemployment in Thatcherite Britain, Maged's recollections are filled with a deep affection for his Iraqi and British homes. He struggles to reconcile the gap between the two, and it is only after twenty years of separation and years of bloody conflict that he is finally reunited with his family in Iraq.

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"'I am teaching the children the Arabic alphabet and they want to learn about the Prophet Mohammed, but their grandfather Tommy keeps teaching them English swear words.' - from letter home"

About Maged Kadar


Maged Kadar is married with two sons and lives in Kingston-on-Thames. He grew up in Al-Hay, southern Iraq and, after the rise of Saddam Hussein in 1979, fled to Liverpool where he met his wife. A former London cab driver, he now teaches Arabic and Islamic culture to British troops in Germany.

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GOR001891117
From Baghdad to Bedlam by Maged Kadar
Maged Kadar
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Saqi Books
2007-05-24
168
0863566359
9780863566356
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