I Stared At the Night of the City

I Stared At the Night of the City

Author: Bakhtiyar Ali

Translator: Kareem Abdulrahman

Original language: Sorani Kurdish

Published by: Periscope Books, September 2016

I Stared at the Night of the City is a trip, in more ways than one: a tale of extraordinary people travelling great distances, in their minds or with their feet. It is a lyrical interpretation of contemporary Kurdistan, so much in the news nowadays but otherwise so little understood. Told by several unreliable narrators in a kaleidoscope of fragments that all eventually cohere, the novel manages the neat trick of dipping readers into a fantasia just long enough before wrenching them back to hard, cold ‘real life’.