Iraqi In Paris by Samuel Shimon: English and Author’s Interview

The revised edition of An Iraqi in Paris: An Autobiographical Novel by Samuel Shimon has been published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP), as a part of its series of publications listed for this year. Shimon, who is now resident in London is the co-founder and assistant editor of Banipal, the leading magazine of Arab Literature in English.

Those in the UK will have the opportunity to attend an interview with the author hosted by the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation on Monday April 11th at the London Book Fair: Monday, April 11th from 3:30-4:30pm. For details email Safaa Marish at bqfp @

An Iraqi in Paris: An Autobiographical Novel is Shimon’s novel is about his journey to fulfil his dream as a young Iraqi boy from Baghdad to Hollywood. He begins setting off from Iraq to Syria, then to Lebanon and Jordan (throughout which he is jailed, tortured and deported), before he ultimately reaches Paris, where he spends most of the time on the street as a refugee and a writer dreaming of becoming a film director, meeting many fascinating characters along the way.  An Iraqi in Paris is a beautifully written, painful and yet humorous bildungsroman that Boyd Tonkin from The Independent, London calls “…occasionally shocking; always witty and humane.”

The book was originally written in Arabic as Iraqi fi Baris and translated to French by Stephanie Dujol.

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