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Hajar al-Sa'adah حجر السعادة
By: Jarjis, Azhar (Zarzis) أزهر جرجيس

Language: Arabic


يستدرجنا أزهر جرجيس لتعقب حياة مصور فوتوغرافي مغمور، حلمه العيش بسلام والموت بلا ضجيج. كمال، المصور الذي يحمل كاميرته ويجوب الأسواق والأزقة العتيقة مؤرخًا حياة الناس والمدينة، يجد نفسه ذات يوم متورطًا مع عصابة مسلحة، الأمر الذي يثير في قلبه الفزع ويقلب حياته رأسًا على عقب.
تسير الأحداث وتتصاعد بطريقة دراماتيكية ويحضر السلاح الكاتم محاولًا، كما هو شأنه، وضع نهاية منطقية لرحلة المغلوب على أمرهم.
إنها رحلة العذابات والسعادات التي تبدأ بالعثور على حجر صغير بين الحشائش في بستان الجن بالموصل، ثم الوقوف عند جسر الشهداء ببغداد حيث ذبول وجه دجلة وذكرى الغرق. رواية آسرة تفتق جرح الذكريات وتخيط بالتهكم مرارة الأسى، وفق جماليات منضبطة تنأى عن الإسفاف والحشو الزائد.

Shortlisted for the 2023 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (Arab Booker), «The Stone of Happiness» by Iraqi writer Azhar Jarjis (Zarzis).

The events of «The Stone of Happiness» take place in Mosul and Baghdad between 1962 and 2018. After his younger brother drowns in the river Tigris in Mosul, young Kamal Touma runs away, terrified of his father's brutal reaction, and hides in a fearsome place known as the 'garden of spirits.' Just before boarding a lorry heading south to the capital city, he picks up a small stone. Upon arrival in Baghdad, he searches for a place of refuge and finds himself in Khan al-Rahma, where he grows up in an atmosphere blighted by poverty and fear. Yet he finds comfort and strength to carry on pursuing his dreams from the strange stone. Kamal meets a professional photographer who helps him fulfil his personal and professional destiny, becoming an itinerant photographer himself, roaming through alleyways and markets and recording the life of the city and its people. As the years pass and the country goes through hard times, armed militias occupy the district where Kamal lives, and his life is turned upside down. Fear begins to ravage the inner peace he had always strived to preserve. - (

Shortlisted for the 2023 International Prize for Arabic Fiction

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By:Jarjis, Azhar (Zarzis) أزهر جرجيس
Pages: 320 pp
Publisher:Dar al-Rafidayn, Baghdad 2023
Dimensions:14 x 21 cm
Topic:Arabic Fiction - Iraqi

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About the author
Azhar Jarjis (Zarzis) is an Iraqi writer and novelist, born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1973. He has worked as a journalist in Iraq since 2003 and published many articles and stories in local and Arab newspapers and periodicals. He wrote a satirical book about terrorist militias in Iraq, in 2005, entitled “Terrorism... Earthly Hell,” because of which he was subjected to an assassination attempt, as a result of which he was forced to flee outside the country. He immigrated to Syria and then Casablanca before reaching his final exile in the Kingdom of Norway and residing there permanently.

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