The Wake of War

The Wake of War

Encounters With the People of Iraq and Afghanistan

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In the spring of 2003, acclaimed journalist Anne Nivat set off from Tajikistan on a six-month journey through the aftermath of the American invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. As with her prizewinning work reporting the lives of ordinary Chechens during their war, Nivat felt compelled to meet and write about the lives of everyday people—not just the voices at the center of the conflict, but also those in small towns and along roadways.

She spoke to engineers and teachers, ex-military men and rising leaders, an actor and a former Taliban member; she stayed with Kurdish and Shi’a and Turkoman families; and all along the way, she recorded their stories. We meet Hamid, a prosperous engineer who rails against the United States and against Afghanistan’s passive cooperation with the superpower. A powerful warlord keeps an extraordinary rose garden in the midst of the desert, and an Afghani gynecologist, having devoted her life to the health of Afghan women, has never touched even the hand of a man. In Iraqi Kurdistan we learn that hummus is unknown and see the after-effects of Saddam Hussein’s policy of Arabization: one young Kurdish leader declares that “The Arabs are barbarians by nature, their culture is nothing but thievery, looting, and killing!” In Iraqi Kurdistand we learn that hummus is unknown and see the aftereffects of Saddam Hussein’s policy of Arabization: One young Kurdish leader declares that “the Arabs are barbarians by nature; their culture is nothing but thievery, looting, and killing!” But in Kirkuk, a Turkoman claims the Kurds behave “just like the dictator who oppressed them.” Near Basra we meet Adnan Karim Bhaya, an ex-admiral who proudly recounts his battles against the Iranians and later against British allied troops, but who now finds himself stripped of his military status and living on his wife’s salary.

Throughout, Nivat allows each person to speak in his or her own voice without interposing her presence on their words—words of hope, sadness, anger, and, above all, the uncertainty that fills their everyday lives.


Baker & Taylor
The acclaimed journalist shares her experiences traveling in both Iraq and Afghanistan after the outbreak of war in those countries, sharing the conversations she had with teachers, political leaders, engineers, and ex-soldiers.

Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2005]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780807002407
0807002402
Branch Call Number: 956.7044 NIVAT
Characteristics: xiv, 304 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Todd, Jane Marie 1957-
Notes: "First published in France under the title Lendemains de guerre: en Afghanistan et en Irak by Librairie Artheme Fayard"--Title page verso

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