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Kae Bahar grew up in Kurdistan under Saddam Hussein and was arrested and tortured by the secret police at the age of 14. With his family’s help he managed to escape to Italy to avoid a second arrest and possible death.
Drawing on the harsh realities of his own youth, Kae has written Letters from a Kurd which tells the story of Marywan Rashaba, a Kurd growing up under Saddam Hussein’s despotic regime. Like his creator, Mary seeks solace from the nightmare of his daily life in stories and film.
This moving novel draws together two vastly different worlds: the oppression of war-torn Kurdistan and the magic of Hollywood. In the space between the two emerges a dramatic narrative of escape and heroism.
Join us for an evening to mark the launch of this gripping début, to explore the lines we draw between fact and fiction, and to celebrate the redemptive power of storytelling and art.