I would like to recommend a book, and author, to anyone interested in Middle Eastern politics, or Canada's involvement in Afghanistan. And for everyone else, that's alright, because these books are stories of fiction.
The books is Sirens of Baghdad, the author is Yasmina Khadra.
The heart of the book is about life as we do not know, how an everyday Iraqi lives his life.
As the novel progresses, it becomes more and more unsettling as perceived realities are probed and dark times are examined from a distraught and broken mind. Building up and up, the book becomes more and more whacked, peaking in the last few dozen pages, no actually, peaking at the very last page and very last sentence.
A book of deep emotional reality, about a subject we as Canadians cannot relate to or ponder, imagine or comprehend. We'll never be forced to comprehend such things, where here, the loss of your home means a flood or tornado. Oppressive force just is not in our minds, not even remotely. The end of the world is some grand fictional apocalypse to us, the Bible is practised occasionally, every other Sunday, as a leisurely pastime, such luxuries are allowed for.
You can read the New York Times review right here.