Review What Comes with the Dust By Gharbi M. Mustafa – As The Kite Runner and The Swallows of Kabul did for the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, this slim, profound novel illuminates the plight of those subjugated by the Islamic State as well as the spirit of the Yazidi people.
Today is Nazo’s wedding. Today she will set herself on fire.
Nazo Heydo has drenched herself in kerosene and is ready to light the match in order to avoid marrying the Syrian elder who bought her from Islamic State officials. Her forced marriage is just the latest horror in a journey that began when ISIS fighters surrounded her peaceful village, demanding spoils and the Yazidis’ conversion to Islam. Rebuffed, they took away her father, brothers, and the love of her life in their pickup trucks with the other village men. The women and children they enslaved and separated, transporting the younger women to be trafficked for the pleasure of their soldiers or sold for money. Only Nazo’s wits and daring have saved her from further abuse or death, yet each escape leads to some new horror.
Meanwhile, in a parallel narrative, Soz, another young Yazidi, flees her family’s farm when she sees the black-flagged pickups approach. She manages to reach Mount Sinjar, where she joins the Yazidi fighters who have allied with the Kurdish Peshmerga. Her journey will lead back to her homeland to do battle against ISIS.
What Comes with the Dust is a powerful novel about genocide and the will to survive as well as a testament to struggles of the Yazidi people.
While reading this novel by Gharbi M. Mustafa, I feel very miserable, but I can’t help reading it. I tried to find a happy part from the beginning but found little. I warn you, that in this story you will find the atrocity of ISIS. Women are always raped, made into sex slaves and men will be killed. I feel why this is all unfair. But in the next story, I came to know this is the true difference between Islam and ISIS.
Although there are many stories in this novel, I think the most interesting part is when Nazo had to defend his love story with Azad. From the beginning, the story of the family struggle was described by Nazo. Then when He was separated with his sister, Soleen then his story became more tragic. Parents killed, teenage girls made as sex slaves and other tragic acts.
Another interesting point from this story is the journey of love between Nazo and Azad. Also the love story of Omed and Soz. The meeting of the characters in this novel happened by accident when they had to fight against ISIS. Omed was a watermelon’s boy who came to Nazo, but Nazo never considered it. The highlight of this most horrible love story is when Omed tells how Azad was killed by ISIS.
Behind it, all the stories of female characters like Nazo and Soz, have a very strong heart. Losing family figures, separate, cruelty from men and other poignant stories make them a very stoic woman. I do not know how many times I have to hold back tears when reading this novel. I feel these women are experiencing an unfair life story, but I soon find out when the author tells a true story.
I wanted to tell you clearly from start to finish but it was not easy. So I’ll just give you a short story. If there is the most influential figure in the story, I think it is Nazo and Soz. They are really strong and never give up. The story of each character is different and the novel has many characters that appear, then suddenly they disappear or die. So I think it’s better just to concentrate on the Nazo character only. But the story of one character will not appeal to more characters it fits very well with this kind of novel.
The order of each event in this novel is very interesting and very easy to follow. But rather than curious about the time span, I enjoy the essence of this story more. I am glad Nazo and Soz are portrayed as strong female characters. Also, Omed who makes these stories more interesting. The point is I get a lesson not to look at the crisis in the usual way. Thank you Gharbi M. Mustafa, this novel is very good for us who do not know about ISIS. And this novel is even very honest. #WhatComesWithTheDust #NetGalley
I think : Buy It
Page Length: 208 pages
Publisher, date : Arcade Publishing, 19 Jun 2018
- Stunning narration
- Interesting story patterns
- Character and location settings are very clear
I can’t find anything bad from this story