Monday, March 27, 2006

Iraqi blogger nominated for UK book prize

LONDON - The anonymous female author of an Iraqi “blog”, whose Web site entitled “Baghdad Burning” mixes humour, despair and acerbic political commentary, has been nominated for a major literary prize in Britain.

Known only as Riverbend, the self-styled “Girl Blog from Iraq” has been sending regular dispatches since August 2003.

In her first entry, she wrote: “I’m female, Iraqi and 24. I survived the war. That’s all you need to know. It’s all that matters these days anyway”.

Soon afterwards she explained how she lost her job in a computer software company when it was deemed too dangerous for her to go to work.

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