Flying Over the Abyss: Magical Realism in Salim Barakat’s The Captives of Sinjar

  • Fadia F. Suyoufie


Fadia Suyoufie addresses magical realism as a subversive mode of narrative in Salim Barakat’s The Captives of Sinjar (2016). She concentrates on Barakat’s deployment of magical realism as a means of processing traumatic events that brutalized civilians, particularly Yazidis, in the recent wars in Syria and Iraq. As a counter-discourse that destabilizes sociocultural and sociopolitical hegemonies, magical realism is intricately imbricated with multiple intertextual sites of trauma that foreground the suffering of the innocent. Barakat’s ekphrastic and surrealist stylistics provide a chain of simulations whereby the recycling of images of violence occurs ad infinitum to sustain a metonymic relation to his macro-narrative of trauma. In this sense, magical realism produces a synergy of ethical/aesthetical effects as it alluringly sails over the abyss.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fadia F. Suyoufie
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  1. 1.Yarmouk UniversityIrbidJordan

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