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Frustrated Mess
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posted 28 March 2006 09:26 AM      Profile for Frustrated Mess   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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AN anonymous "blog" by a young Iraqi woman has been nominated for the £30,000 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.

Baghdad Burning is a first-hand account of how the war has destroyed the lives of ordinary Iraqi citizens.

The author, a 20-something university graduate who writes on the internet under the pseudonym Riverbend, chronicles the "three years of occupation and bloodshed" the city has endured and calls for the withdrawal of US troops.


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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 28 March 2006 09:34 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
she's also already won 3rd prize in the Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage 2005.
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skdadl
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posted 28 March 2006 09:40 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Good going! For the people who drew up that excellent long-list as well as for Riverbend.

This is great news politically; it is great news for bloggers; and I'm always happy to see artful non-fiction taken seriously as literature.


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posted 28 March 2006 09:45 AM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I hate to be the party pooper but I think Steve Gilliard has a point.

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If she wins this, she'll probably have to live in exile for years to come. I've always thought it would come down to this, Riverbend fleeing for her life, because the Iraq she wanted was never, ever going to happen, and her mere present in the Iraq which exists wasn't going to be viable.

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skdadl
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