Goran Sabah Ghafour and his new book “Statues”
Statues is about dictatorship in the MENA region after the Arab Spring that rocked the foundation of the dictators, and it could apply to any dictatorial regime in the world. Through 22 chapters, the author goes into depth of the politically and ethically bankrupt systems of the Middle East and North Africa. Pola, whose symbolic name is The Statue of Movement, stands up against the regime and secretly plans for an unprecedented revolution to happen in 2022. This reflects the continuation of parts of the Arab Spring. In a melancholic scene, the authority arrests him, but he never gives up. Behind the bars, he directs his followers to fulfill his plans and the revolution happens on time!
This unique fiction addresses the depth of the conventional beliefs and cultures of the MENA region. The novel includes unseen, unheard, and untouched stories of the Middle Eastern everyday reality of both the common people and top officials who run them.
A mixture of invasion of power and resources, belief, kindness of self, love, greed, money, oil, alco- hol, religion, sex, women, gambling, corruption, and worshiping everything but God, the novel provides the readers with an intense psychic and psychological reading of the minds of different groups in the MENA region.
Goran Sabah Ghafour is a novelist from Iraqi Kurdistan, writing about the deep-rooted issues of the Middle East and North Africa. He is a PhD/GTA student at the University of Kansas studying journalism. He is a Fulbright Alumni and establishing member of the AKnews news agency based in Iraq. His first novel, President Artery, published in Iraq by Naza Publishers in 2005 and 2010. Iraqi Fulbrighter is his second novel published by the PublishAmerica in the United States in 2011. He considers himself a hidden voice and thinks that hidden voices serve humanity better if heard by chance! He is famous in telling his readers that if they didn’t enjoy his book, burn it right away, if they enjoyed then become his PR and spread the word around. He is a morning person getting up at 5 a.m. everyday enjoying calmness and beauty of nature and gets most of his works done before his readers wake up.
He has written dozens of short stories in my native language, Kurdish. Most of them have been published in literary journals.
He is the best writer and translator Award Winner in Iraq in 2009.
He’s translated 25 books from English to Kurdish as well as dozens of articles in various fields.
He is the co-founder of a think-tank called Future Center for Youth Issues (FCYI) in Iraq. He’s also the board member of the Kurdistan Empowerment Youth Organization. He highly supported the Campaign 25 in Iraq to lower the age of the MPS to 25. The campaign was run by the FCYI and got into the parliament which later issued a law regulating the age 25 for members to run for the parliament.