Out of Mesopotamia
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Akashic Books, 2020.
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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Salar Abdoh., & Salar Abdoh|AUTHOR. (2020). Out of Mesopotamia . Akashic Books.

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Salar Abdoh and Salar Abdoh|AUTHOR. 2020. Out of Mesopotamia. Akashic Books.

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Salar Abdoh and Salar Abdoh|AUTHOR. Out of Mesopotamia Akashic Books, 2020.

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Salar Abdoh, and Salar Abdoh|AUTHOR. Out of Mesopotamia Akashic Books, 2020.

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Full titleout of mesopotamia
Authorabdoh salar
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Saleh, the narrator of Out of Mesopotamia, is a middle-aged Iranian journalist who moonlights as a writer for one of Iran's most popular TV shows but cannot keep himself away from the front lines in neighboring Iraq and Syria. There, the fight against the Islamic State is a proxy war, an existential battle, a declaration of faith, and, for some, a passing weekend affair.
After weeks spent dodging RPGs, witnessing acts of savagery and stupidity, Saleh returns to civilian life in Tehran but finds it to be an unbearably dislocating experience. Pursued by his official handler from state security, opportunistic colleagues, and the woman who broke his heart, Saleh has reason to again flee from everyday life. Surrounded by men whose willingness to achieve martyrdom both fascinates and appalls him, Saleh struggles to make sense of himself and the turmoil in his midst.
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