The Bird Tattoo

Dunya Mikhail

The Bird Tattoo is a painful novel about the sale of Yazidi women in Iraq by ISIS. It focuses on Helen and Elias, who fall in love and marry, and their experiences with the organisation. Alongside this tragedy, the novel sheds light on aspects of Yezidi folklore, rich in astonishing customs and legends.


Dar al-Rafidain


2021 Shortlist