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The bird tattoo : a novel / Dunya Mikhail.


Helen is a young Yazidi woman, living with her family in a mountain village in Sinjar, northern Iraq. One day she finds a local bird caught in a trap, and frees it, just as the trapper, Elias, returns. At first angry, he soon sees the error of his ways and vows never to keep a bird captive again. Helen and Elias fall deeply in love, marry and start a family in Sinjar. The village has seemed to stand apart from time, protected by the mountains and too small to attract much political notice. But their happy existence is suddenly shattered when Elias, a journalist, goes missing. A brutal organization is sweeping over the land, infiltrating even the remotest corners, its members cloaking their violence in religious devotion. Helen's search for her husband results in her own captivity and enslavement. She eventually escapes her captors and is reunited with some of her family. But her life is forever changed. Elias remains missing and her sons, now young recruits to the organization, are like strangers. Will she find harmony and happiness again?

Record details

  • ISBN: 1639362789
  • ISBN: 9781639362783
  • Physical Description: 268 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Pegasus Books edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Finalist for the International Prize for Arabic fiction."--Cover.
Language Note:
Translated from the Arabic.
Subject: Yezidi women > Fiction.
Families > Iraq > Fiction.
Religious militants > Iraq > Fiction.
Arabic fiction.
Sinjār (Iraq) > Fiction.
Iraq > History > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Epic fiction.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Jefferson County.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Jefferson County Library-Windsor F MIKHAIL Dunya (Text) 30065100118014 Fiction Available -

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