I'm in Seattle, where are you? : a memoir

by Kazār, Murtaḍá,

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An award-winning Iraqi writer creates a new world for himself in Seattle in search of lost love.

As the US occupation of Iraq rages, novelist Mortada Gzar, a student at the University of Baghdad, has a chance encounter with Morise, an African American soldier. It's love at first sight, a threat to them both, and a moment of self-discovery. Challenged by society's rejection and Morise's return to the US, Mortada takes to the page to understand himself.

In his deeply affecting memoir, Mortada interweaves tales of his childhood work as a scrap-metal collector in a war zone and the indignities faced by openly gay artists in Iraq with his impossible love story and journey to the US. Marginalized by his own society, he is surprised to discover the racism he finds in a new one. At its heart, I'm in Seattle, Where Are You? is a moving tale of love and resilience.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Iraqi novelist Gzar (My Beautiful Cult) unfurls an exquisite story of life and lost love in this sweeping memoir. Raised in Basra, Iraq, Gzar spent his youth collecting scrap metal to sell for money while hiding his homosexuality, as, in Iraqi culture, gay men were often murdered. He recounts stories of violence, such as his transgender friend Mahiya, whom soldiers stalked slowly for weeks then "killed... on the spot. She was in the wrong place, dressed in the wrong clothes." While attending the University of Baghdad in the mid-2000s, Gzar met an African American GI named Morise; they began a clandestine romance and vowed to reunite in Seattle after Morise's tour ended. However, they quickly lost touch. Gzar immigrated to the United States in 2016 to attend the Iowa International Writing Program and, upon completion, began his search for Morise. In Seattle, Gzar befriended members of the HIV positive community, who aided in his quest. Gzar's nonlinear narrative and lyrical prose convey his deep desire to reunite with his lover: "When I'm not with you, life is hard. Nothing seems to matter. I'll see you in Seattle... I'll see you somewhere." This is hard to put down and difficult to forget. (Apr.)Correction: An earlier version of this review misstated the name of the writing program the author attended."
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Additional Information
Subjects Kazār, Murtaḍá.
Authors, Iraqi -- 21st century -- Biography.
Gay men -- Iraq -- Biography.
Iraqis -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Biography.
Iraq -- Social conditions -- 21st century -- Biography.
Publisher Seattle :2021
Edition First edition.
Other Titles I am in Seattle, where are you?
Contributors Hutchins, William M., translator.
Language English
Translated from the Arabic.
Description 317 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781542016575
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