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The Resource My father's paradise : a son's search for his Jewish past in Kurdish Iraq, Ariel Sabar

My father's paradise : a son's search for his Jewish past in Kurdish Iraq, Ariel Sabar

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My father's paradise : a son's search for his Jewish past in Kurdish Iraq
Title
My father's paradise
Title remainder
a son's search for his Jewish past in Kurdish Iraq
Statement of responsibility
Ariel Sabar
Title variation
My fathers paradise
Title variation remainder
a sons search for his Jewish past in Kurdish Iraq
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In a remote corner of the world, forgotten for nearly three thousand years, lived an enclave of Kurdish Jews so isolated that they still spoke Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Mostly illiterate, they were self-made mystics and gifted storytellers, humble peddlers and rugged loggers who dwelt in harmony with their Muslim and Christian neighbors in the mountains of northern Iraq. To these descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel, Yona Sabar was born." "Caught unawares by growing ethnic tensions in the Middle East after World War II, the Jews of Zakho were airlifted to the new state of Israel in the 1950s with the mass exodus of 120,000 Jews from Iraq - one of the world's largest and least-known diasporas. Almost overnight, the Kurdish Jews' exotic culture and language were doomed to extinction."
  • "Populated by Kurdish chieftains, trailblazing linguists, Arab nomads, and devout believers, this intimate yet powerful book is an improbable story of tolerance and hope set in what today is the very center of the world's attention. In retelling his father's story, Ariel Sabar has found his own."--BOOK JACKET
Summary
My Father's Paradise is Ariel Sabar's quest to reconcile present and past. As Ariel's father, Yona, travels with him to today's postwar Iraq to find what's left of Yona's birthplace, Ariel brings to life the ancient town of Zakho, telling his family's story and discovering his own role in this sweeping saga. What he finds in the Sephardic Jews' millennia-long survival in Islamic lands is an improbable story of tolerance and hope
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Writing style
Award
National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, 2008.
Biography type
contains biographical information
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271799
Cataloging source
DLC
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Sabar, Ariel
Dewey number
B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Sabar, Yona
  • Sabar, Ariel
  • Jews, Kurdish
  • Jews, Kurdish
  • Jews, Kurdish
Target audience
adult
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a son's search for his Jewish past in Kurdish Iraq
Label
My father's paradise : a son's search for his Jewish past in Kurdish Iraq, Ariel Sabar
Instantiates
Publication
Note
" NBCC Award. Autobiography. 2008 Winner" -- Awards website
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [329]-332)
Contents
A note on method -- Introduction -- Zakho -- Israel -- Aramaic -- Yale -- Father and son -- The return -- Conclusion -- Paradise lost -- Ice-blended mocha -- Saba's music -- Acknowledgements
Control code
000043154737
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
332 p.
Isbn
9781565124905
Other physical details
ill., maps
Label
My father's paradise : a son's search for his Jewish past in Kurdish Iraq, Ariel Sabar
Publication
Note
" NBCC Award. Autobiography. 2008 Winner" -- Awards website
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [329]-332)
Contents
A note on method -- Introduction -- Zakho -- Israel -- Aramaic -- Yale -- Father and son -- The return -- Conclusion -- Paradise lost -- Ice-blended mocha -- Saba's music -- Acknowledgements
Control code
000043154737
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
332 p.
Isbn
9781565124905
Other physical details
ill., maps

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