Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. vii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xi

Long the capital of Arab culture, Iraq is a country that has been wracked by wars for more than a half century. However, coups, military dictatorships, the Iran-Iraq War, the Gulf War, and the American invasion have not succeeded...

Acknowledgments

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p. xiii

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Introduction

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pp. xv-xx

Hadiya Hussein is one of the leading voices in Iraqi fiction today. She has distinguished herself in the writing of short stories and novels of war and exile. Beyond Love is her third novel. It gives us a powerful account of the survival of the Iraqi people after senseless...

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Pages 1-50

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pp. 1-50

“This is everything.” A leather handbag containing a wallet with many pockets and a small notebook . . . a pair of jeans, a long coat, four woolen sweaters, three shirts . . . a few books—some literary...

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Pages 51-100

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pp. 51-100

Cold wind slapped our tired faces, carrying with it the fates of the murdered. An officer came out. Shaking steps hastened, and tears petrified. He read aloud the names of our dead, every name preceded by the word...

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Pages 101-168

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pp. 101-168

When I woke up, I wondered what this dream meant. Why had she torn her memories? And why had she been so sad and vexed? I then remembered that I hadn’t read her notebook for a long time...