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Book Synopsis:
The President's Gardens

Muhsin Al-Ramli

Set during the last fifty years of Iraqi history, this novel tells the story of three friends, exploring how ordinary people have been affected by historic events such as wars, the blockade of Iraq and the invasion of Kuwait. It examines the gap between the lifestyle of those in power and ordinary citizens. During the chaos of occupation, one of them loses his life, like so many caught between loyalists of the old and new regimes. The President's Gardens helps the reader understand the complexities of the successive tragedies besetting the ‘land between two rivers’. The gripping story is told with humanity, and life is somehow the victor despite all the obstacles.

Muhsin Al-Ramli

about the author

Muhsin Al-Ramli is an Iraqi writer, poet academic and translator, born in the village of Sudara in northern Iraq in 1967. He has lived in Madrid since 1995 and received his doctorate in literature and philosophy from Madrid University.

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