Paperback $19.99 - Farrar Straus Giroux
Fiction - Published: 1/Mar/2015 - ISBN: 9780374535056
After years alone in a cell, an aging prisoner is released without explanation, expelled into a great city now utterly unfamiliar to him. Broken by the brutality of the prison guards, he sleeps rough and scrounges for scraps until a museum curator rescues him from an assault. The museum has just opened its most controversial exhibit: a perfect replica of the marshes where the man had spent years as a doctor among the hated and feared marshmen, who have been colonized but never conquered. Alternating between the prsent and the past, The Marshlands, in the tradition of Wilfred Thesiger's The Marsh Arabs and J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians, explores a culture virtually snuffed out under Saddam Hussein. Olshan explores this fragile world and how we cement our identities by pointing at someone to call "other."
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