By Betool Khedairi,Muhayman Jamil

Dalal is a tender girl residing in a crowded Baghdad condo with the childless aunt and uncle who raised her. within the related development, Umm Mazin, a fortune-teller, deals her clients treatments for his or her actual and romantic diseases, Saad the hairdresser attends to a dwindling variety of girl shoppers, and Ilham, a nurse, escapes the stark realities of her clinic task in goals of her long-lost French mom. regardless of the harmful results of bombings and foreign sanctions on their international, all of the citizens attempt to hold basic lives.

Hoping to usher in much-needed money through promoting honey, Dalal’s uncle turns into a beekeeper, enlisting Dalal’s assist in the care of those temperamental creatures. in the meantime, Dalal falls in love for the 1st time–against a history of shock arrests, own betrayals, and a crumbling social cloth that turns acquaintances into informants.

Tightly crafted and entire of shiny, unforgettable characters, Absent is a haunting portrait of lifestyles lower than regulations, the delicate emotional ties between friends and family, and the resilience of the human spirit.

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