Sinan Antoon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Arabic Literature
New York University
Born in 1967 in Baghdad;
Studied English at Baghdad University; Arab Studies at Georgetown University, Washington, DC; and Arabic and Islamic Studies at Harvard University
Writing a NovelI will be working on my fifth novel (still untitled). It traces the intertwined lives of two Iraqi refugees from different generations now living in New York. Both are victims of state and sectarian violence that still haunts their daily lives. One is at pains to erase the past and to assimilate. The other, an old man suffering from dementia, tries to reconstruct his past. Their two voices alternate in narrating.
A second project involves finishing a monograph on the Iraqi poet Sargon Boulus (1944-2007).
Antoon, Sinan. The Corpse Washer. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014.
-. The Poetics of the Obscene in Premodern Arabic Poetry: Ibn al-Hajjaj and Sukhf. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
-. I'jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody. San Francisco: City Lights, 2007 (Deutsch: Irakische Rhapsodie. Basel: Lenos, 2009).