When I graduated from secondary school I proposed to my parents the college of literature as my career. My father told me that I can read literature whenever I like, and I may even practice it, while being a doctor.
In the first three years in the medical college I was among those with the highest marks. When my father left for the UAE, my marks, along with my mother's health, started to deteriorate.
My father came back to find me interested in psychiatry, and our rapport with each other was already, pale.It was in Al-Hilla where I was trying to make a family of friends and I succeeded, hence, I adore Al-Hilla.
"The Death of the Father" is a novel of Ahmed Khalaf published in Baghdad by "The House of the Cultural Affairs" in 2002. In its cover there is a painting by a painter named: Salma Al-Allaq, which might symbolize Baghdad, the city that Amjad, the protagonist, adores. Amjad's father had been killed in an unclear circumstances while he was in a visit to his village of origin. Amjad was "the son who was forced to be a father" while he was only 19. He now works in a newspaper. He started also selling books in Al-Mutanabbee Street. He told us about his lost of that book entitled "The Treasure" who worth a fortune.
Hussein Sarkam Hassan, an Iraqi doctor who is interested in literature, had written a book about Ahmad Khalaf novels. Dr. Sarmak start with the note that Ahmad Khalaf had written an article about Paolo Coelo's novel "Alchemist" which tells about the searching of a treasure, which finally appears to be in the homeland of the researcher.
Amjad, in the novel, had an absent father, a lost book, and poverty. His friend got a lost mother, brother named Ismail, a paternal-uncle named Noah whom he liked and preferred to his father.
Three books rests over my laptop with Herta Muller offering a cigarette in the desktop, and Patrick Suskind' Pigeon is giving me.... an eye.