Raad Chalabi’s New Book The Bazaar Is Funny, Relevant and Hi-Tech

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Cutting-edge experience shines into complex twining of memory and fate in vignettes of modern life

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The stories in this book are pared down to conversations between two characters chosen for the verity experience. Ramiz Alkishin, Raad Chalabi’s alter ego, has come once again to entertain readers. In the puzzle of life, The Bazaar stands as a testament to the philosophy of acceptance that secures peace for the receptive mind.

In Islam, where Allah reigns forever compassionately and mercifully, the calligraphers of the Holy Koran are the most admired artists. It is not for translating the holy words on paper, which is done in complete cleanliness of person and place in a holy trance, the vessels of Allah’s purpose. It is for their rendition of Allah’s holy work as skeins of time, space and human history. They are the lines written in the genes by Allah himself which the calligrapher weaves out of memory and experience. The weave is part of the continuum that forms an endless veil of existence that Allah sees as just, a mirror with which to banish the Void. As no one rightly knows the exact representation of Allah’s works, so the complex and mystically beautiful filigrees that adorn Islam’s holiest places are lines traced out in a divinely inspired dance in the calligrapher’s highly-trained mind.

So, too, does Raad Chalabi weave with the simplest lines the most complex of experiences. He has carefully chosen the types of people that he uses in the ancient rhetorical method of meditative question and enlightened response for effective symbolic characterisation. Thus a story will take shape if one concentrates on what the characters and their speech are echoes of in the world at large. In the end, like the devout of Islam, one experiences the kismet (or destined path) one gets when enlightenment suddenly blossoms within after concentrating on Islamic religious works. One not only gets the complete portrait but the spirit with which the Great One did the reality of these representational visions.

Although the work is steeped in mystical precepts, Chalabi does not neglect to portray the world as it is now. His “pictures” are simple to reflect the humility with which humans must view the entirety of creation. But they speak to everyone in the modern world directly. His stories, though ancient in mode, shine with the newness of cutting-edge experience. In it is humor, and love, and grace that comes from true humanity.

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About the Author
Raad Chalabi’s alter ego is one Ramiz Alkishin, a grocer in the bazaar which is the book itself. In his unique rhetorical style, he informs readers that his quirky view of the universe of which they’ve had the privilege of having experienced with Sketches for the Politically Incorrect, is once again on view in The Bazaar. Portraits of life painted with dialogues are what the grocer sells.

The Bazaar * by Raad Chalabi, PhD
Publication Date: November 21, 2011
Picture Book; £35.99; 204 pages; 978-1-4653-9663-1
Picture Book Hardcover; £45.99; 204 pages; 978-1-4653-9664-8

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