Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea (Paperback)

Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea By Dunya Mikhail, Elizabeth Winslow (Translated by) Cover Image

Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea (Paperback)

By Dunya Mikhail, Elizabeth Winslow (Translated by)


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An impressionistic memoir by the award-winning Iraqi-American writer, Dunya Mikhail, Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea covers her earliest sensations of childhood to a more complicated grasp of death, beginning with the death of her father to the Gulf War and the subsequent Iraqi War.

Mikhail writes: “Death always looks for us. It comes from beyond the continents. It crosses long distances holding a basket of fire in its hand.”

The two halves of Mikhail's book merge past and present in a lyrical memoir that moves between memories of her childhood, her father's death, her Iraqi poet-peers and friends, her job as a journalist for the Baghdad Observer, and culminates with the birth of her daughter Larsa.
Dunya Mikhail is an Iraqi American poet and writer. She is the author of the poetry collections The War Works Hard (shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize), Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea (winner of the Arab American Book Award), The Iraqi Nights (winner of the Poetry Magazine Translation Award), and In Her Feminine Sign (chosen as one of the ten best poetry books of 2019 by The New York Public Library). Her nonfiction book The Beekeeper was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her debut novel, The Bird Tattoo, was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Mikhail won the UNESCO Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture and the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing.
Product Details ISBN: 9780811218313
ISBN-10: 0811218317
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: May 5th, 2009
Pages: 256
Language: English
A special treat — Mikhail  preserve[s] the vitality of her nurturing milieu [with] the strength to … endure in a new world.
— David Varno - The Brooklyn Rail