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Book Synopsis:
Riyam and Kafa

Hadia Hussein

In Riyam and Kafa, an Iraqi seamstress decides to write a novel based on her diaries, giving us an intimate look at the reality of life for women living in Iraq; a world in which they struggle to make their mark while being restricted by values and traditions. The novel, a rich and detailed portrait of the heroine and her family, ultimately deals with the wider dimension of human suffering and the conflict between good and evil. 

about the author

Hadia Hussein, an Iraqi writer and novelist living in Canada, was born in 1956. 

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