Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War by Annia Ciezadlo

By Annia Ciezadlo

A luminous portrait of existence within the center East, Day of Honey weaves historical past, food, and firsthand reporting right into a fearless, intimate exploration of daily survival.

In the autumn of 2003, Annia Ciezadlo spent her honeymoon in Baghdad. Over the subsequent six years, whereas residing in Baghdad and Beirut, she broke bread with Shiites and Sunnis, warlords and refugees, matriarchs and mullahs. Day of Honey is her memoir of the starvation for nutrition and friendship—a communion that feeds the soul up to the physique in instances of war.

Reporting from occupied Baghdad, Ciezadlo longs for regular married existence. She unearths it in Beirut, her husband’s fatherland, a urban slowly improving from years of civil struggle. yet simply because the younger couple settles right into a new domestic, the bloodshed they escaped in Iraq spreads to Lebanon and reawakens the poor specter of sectarian violence. In lucid, fiercely clever prose, Ciezadlo makes use of foodstuff and the rituals of consuming to light up a colourful center East that almost all american citizens by no means see. We get to grasp humans like Roaa, a decided younger Kurdish lady who goals of exploring the area, basically to work out her existence below career develop into restrained to the kitchen; Abu Rifaat, a Baghdad booklet lover who spends his days eavesdropping within the old city’s mythical cafés; Salama al-Khafaji, a soft-spoken dentist who eludes assassins to develop into Iraq’s most well liked woman baby-kisser; and Umm Hassane, Ciezadlo’s sardonic Lebanese better half's mother, who teaches her to cook dinner infrequent kin recipes—which are integrated in a mouthwatering appendix of heart japanese convenience meals. As bombs smash her new family’s ancestral domestic and militias invade her Beirut local, Ciezadlo illuminates the human rate of warfare with a rare skill to anchor the rhythms of lifestyle in a bigger political and historic context. From forbidden Baghdad booklet golf equipment to the oldest recipes on the earth, Ciezadlo takes us contained in the heart East at a historical second whilst desire and worry collide. Day of Honey is a courageous and compassionate portrait of civilian existence in the course of wartime—a relocating testomony to the facility of affection and generosity to go beyond the distress of struggle.

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Moreover, the increased use of ethnic quotas following the 2002 constitutional reform, along with the continued proliferation of ethnic statistics and maps by the organizations in charge of the return process, show how the very notion of ‘undoing ethnic cleansing’ risks trapping the Bosnian population within the ethno-national categories these very organizations purport to reject (Jansen 2005). At the same time, other changes and continuities have gone largely unnoticed or are still subordinated to a normative reading of the war and its aftermath.

This ‘ethnic bias’ is obvious in the work of authors who favour partition scenarios and therefore tend to emphasize ethnic conflicts. In a more indirect and unexpected way, though, this has also been present among the advocates of a unified Bosnia. Not only do some of them give in to interpretations of the war in terms of collective guilt, but they also tend to reduce its impact to the spatial separation of ethno-national groups, a process they argue that the marginalization of nationalist elites and the revision of Dayton would be sufficient to ‘undo’.

Several chapters show how ‘locals’ in turn perceive, react to and influence the activities and discourses of international actors, be it at the political level (esp. Grandits, Duijzings, Delpla, Helms) or in everyday life (esp. Jašareviü, Armakolas, Jansen).

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