Al-Mutanabbi Street


Al Mutanabbi Street, March 5, 2007, artist Art Hazelwood

On March 5th 2007, a car bomb was exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad. More than 30 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded. This locale is the historic center of Baghdad book-selling, a winding street filled with bookstores and outdoor book stalls. Named after the famed 10th century classical Arab poet, al-Mutanabbi, this is an old and established street for book selling and has been for hundreds of years. It has been the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community.

Al Mutanabbi Street, March 5, 2007, Art Hazelwood
edition of 16,
accordion fold, bound book with screenprinted images and text, 2011
body paper: Lana Cover White, various color covers and end sheets
7 1/2 x 7 3/4 closed
7 1/2 x 43 opened fully
sold out


Acquired by the following collections: University of Central Florida Library Special Collections, Brigham Young University Library, Scripps College, Ellen Denison Library Special Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art, St. Ambrose University Davenport Iowa, UC Santa Barbara Davidson Library Special Collections, University of Iowa Library, Yale University Special Collections, Baylor University Library, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), University of New Hampshire, Plymouth, BIBLIOTHECA LIBRORUM APUD ARTIFICEM, Australia

This book is part of a project of hundreds of book artists and broadside printers from around the world who have responded to this attack on civilization. More about the project as well as other books can be seen here. http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/mutanmain12.htm
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Sadly the bombing was not the end of the troubles for Al-Mutanabbi Street. In September, 2012 it was reported that the Iraqi government bulldozed bookstalls because there were too many books http://arablit.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/al-mutanabbi-street-bookstalls-bulldozed/#more-11627




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