When Sinan Antoon
's debut novel, I'Jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody
, was published in Arabic in 2004, Lebanese poet and literary critic Abdo Wazin declared it one of the most important Arabic novels in recent memory. A fictional memoir of a young political prisoner in Saddam Hussein's Iraq, it is a haunting portrait of an artist's life in a totalitarian state.
I'Jaam is available for purchase at amazon.com.