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By Betool Khedairi,Muhayman Jamil

Dalal is a tender lady dwelling in a crowded Baghdad condominium with the childless aunt and uncle who raised her. within the comparable development, Umm Mazin, a fortune-teller, deals her shoppers treatments for his or her actual and romantic diseases, Saad the hairdresser attends to a dwindling variety of lady consumers, and Ilham, a nurse, escapes the stark realities of her sanatorium activity in goals of her long-lost French mom. regardless of the dangerous results of bombings and foreign sanctions on their international, all of the citizens try and continue common lives.

Hoping to herald much-needed money via 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 textile that turns associates into informants.

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

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