Sinan Antoon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Arabic Literature
New York University
Geboren 1967 in Baghdad;
Studium der Englischen Literatur an der Baghdad University; Arabistik an der Georgetown University, Washington, DC und Arabistik und Islamwissenschaft an der 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).