We’re often so focused on the news that we can’t see beyond the present. But when award-winning Iraqi writer Hassan Blasim and Bristish publisher Ra Page asked Iraqi writers what they thought their country would look like one hundred years from now, the results were part sci-fi, fantasy, fairy tale and even satire.
The resulting anthology of stories was published in the UK, entitled IRAQ + 100, and sounds like a fascinating mix. It is hard to imagine how people in country so embroiled in warfare right now could be anything else, but leave it to the people with imaginations to see a different view.
You can read the article on the BBC website about the concept, and what the authors came up with right here. Maybe we could all take a page out of this book and open our minds to a different world.