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By: Sarwar Joanroy

Yaad, the Girl With No History

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It’s 1987. Namo, the politically active bookseller, is preparing to save his marriage after his wife left to stay at her mum’s after an argument. Nazdar is at home, preparing for her wedding which will be taking place in her home village the next day. Friba, the pregnant Peshmerga, is on her way to the city’s hospital, together with her husband. They don’t know one another, but destiny will bring them together.

Sarwar Joanroy follows the fates of these people from the moment their daily lives are interrupted and they end up in the desert.


The novel is a journey through the black pages of the history of the Kurds in Iraq, before the invasion of the United States. Yaad, the girl with no history makes you face the facts about what Saddam Hussein’s regime did to the country and its citizens. It makes you understand why this country is still in turmoil, even today. Sarwar Joanroy based the events in his book on true events, some of which he experienced himself.


Yaad, the girl with no history is a story that is as moving as it is fascinating and educational.

Sarwar Joanroy was born in Slemani, Kurdistan (Northern-Iraq) in 1962. He’s been living in the Netherlands since 1989. He lives in Groningen, where he works as a psychiatrist. Yaad, the girl with no history is his debut.

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