The narrator is introduced to his translator, “a short and pudgy Sunni Muslim everybody referred to as the Professor.”
“Why do they call you the Professor?” I asked him.
“Because I was a professor,” he said, taking off his glasses and rubbing them . . . “before you came and destroyed this country.”
We were getting off to an awkward start. “You know,” I said, “when all this started I opposed the war . . . “
“You have baked Iraq like a cake,” he said . . .
Self really hopes there aren’t too many nasty stories left; it is really hard to read about IEDs and “light’em up” and night patrols, especially when it is in fact night, which will be arriving in less than 12 hours.
After Redeployment, the next two books on self’s reading list are:
And she will read them in this order: SPQR first, followed by Rubicon.
She ordered Conspirata, by Robert Harris (a novel about Cicero), and it was delivered to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre a few days ago. Unfortunately, the copy was in French. She contacted the bookseller and they told her that in fact the only other copies they had were in Italian. But Mary Clerkin came in and saved the day and put in a request from the local library in Clones.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.