Iraq +100

by Hassan Blasim. Featuring stories from: Anoud, Hassan Abdulrazzak, Ibrahim Al-Marashi, Zhraa Alhaboby, Ali Bader, Hassan Blasim, Mortada Gzar, Jalal Hasan, Diaa Jubaili & Khalid Kaki

Iraq + 100 poses a question to ten Iraqi writers: what might your country look like in the year 2103 – a century after the disastrous American- and British-led invasion, and 87 years down the line from its current, nightmarish battle for survival? How might the effects of that one intervention reach across a century of repercussions, and shape the lives of ordinary Iraqi citizens, or influence its economy, culture, or politics? Might Iraq have finally escaped the cycle of invasion and violence triggered by 2003 and, if so, what would a new, free Iraq look like?

Covering a range of approaches – from science fiction, to allegory, to magic realism – these stories use the blank canvas of the future to explore the nation’s hopes and fears in equal measure. Along the way a new aesthetic for the ‘Iraqi fantastical’ begins to emerge: thus we meet time-travelling angels, technophobic dictators, talking statues, macabre museum-worlds, even hovering tiger-droids, and all the time buoyed by a dark, inventive humour that, in itself, offers hope.


'The writers balance dark humour and despair with a frail thread of hope for the future of Iraq... The writers featured in this collection promise to define Iraq’s present through daring, lucid visions of its future.' - Sara Ramey, World Literature Today

'I admire the achievement of this collection greatly, and I want it to be read, and celebrated, and supported. Iraq + 100 is painful, difficult, and necessary; it's often beautiful, always harrowing.' - NPR

'The anthology offers a vital platform for juxtaposing autonomous visions of the future without fear of failure or repercussion. It is a bold initiative that is fundamentally about reclaiming the licence to dream, having the courage to maintain hope in the face of uncertainty, loosening the straitjacket of despair about the past and having the audacity to imagine alternate realities that transcend the stark truth of the present.' - Yasmin Kahn, The National


One of The Guardian's Best SF and Fantasy Books of the Year 2016

One of's Reviewers' Choice: Best Books of 2016

One of World Literature Today's 75 Notable Translations of 2016

One of Barnes&Noble's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections and Anthologies of 2016

Rights Profile

Rights Available
World, all languages except North America (Tor) and Arabic (Alca Books)

Original Language

Samples Available
Full text available in English



Publication Date

November 2016


Iraq +100 on the Comma Press website