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’.