Page extent: 80
ISBN: 9781783191536
Binding: PaperBack

The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes

Rashid Razaq


Based on the short story by Hassan Blasim.

Salim, an Iraqi refugee, takes on a new identity In London after fleeing persecution in Baghdad. He is picked up, and marries a wealthy older woman, who enthusiastically coaches him in the bedroom for his forthcoming citizenship test. But Carlos Fuentes finds that knowing the names of all six of Henry VIII’s wives can neither satisfy his new wife nor turn him into a “Britishman”. The nightmare of the violence of his past catches up with him, and suddenly he is at the airport, accompanied by a G4 security guard, waiting for a plane to take him back to Iraq.

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ISBN13 9781783191536
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 80


‘Hassan Blasim’s short story is a matter not of pretended insight but rather of intensely sympathetic observation…an unpresumptuous, unpretentious and above all a deeply sensitive piece of work.’ Financial Times

‘...a blackly witty, tonally false-footing and cumulatively devastating play.’ Independent

‘…gives us an insight into the daily devastation wrought by sectarian conflict in post-Saddam Iraq via the simple expedient of telling us one man’s story of flight and struggle.’ Evening Standard

‘…packed with good ideas and audacious in structure.’ – Guardian

‘This examination of the uncertain fate of Iraqi refugees in Britain is a worthwhile addition to the dossier of theatrical material on the Iraq war.’ - Telegraph

 'A personal look at the devastation wreaked on Iraq and Iraqis after Western military action that makes interesting viewing.’ – Stage

‘…intriguing and affecting.’ – Time Out

‘[A] gem of a script.’ – What’s on Stage

‘The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes …puts an unusual domestic relationship and an international conflict side by side in this brave satire documenting an individual’s crisis of identity.’ – Younger Theatre

 ‘A surreal imagination here blends with stark reality.’ – British Theatre Guide