Eugenio García Gascón (Barcelona, 1957) is a journalist specialised in Middle East. He studied Literature at the University of Barcelona, Arabic in Damascus and Hebrew in Jerusalem, where he lives since 1991 and from where he has worked for various media. Since 2007 he is correspondent of newspaper ‘Público’. In 2011 he was awarded with the journalism prize Cirilo Rodríguez. He is autor of Israel en la encrucijada. Crónicas de un sueño imperfecto (Israel’s dilemmas. Chronicles of an imperfect dream, Debate, 2004) and La cárcel identitaria. Dietario de Jerusalén (Prison’s identity. A Jerusalem journal Libros del KO, 2013). Expediente Badgad (The Baghdad File) is the result of his joint work with Joan Cañete Bayle.
Expediente Bagdad (The Baghdad File)
Siruela, 2014 / 296 pages
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The Baghdad File is a race against time in barely seven days of chaos and uncertainty from the beggining of ground fighting between United States troops and those of Saddam Hussein at South Baghdad, until collapse of Husseins´ on April 9th, 2003 while the State structure disintegrate and speed up rush of authorities and punished civilian population.
Rashid al Said -a traffic officer assigned to a station in Baghdad- receives a file from his Superintendent who entrust him an investigation about the murder of children with learning difficulties. Rashid would not be obliged to accept the case, not only by the special city circumstances with the Americans very close, but also because he has been away from criminal investigation for years, only monitoring the traffic since one of his investigations was about to uncover a case of corruption on Basrah Army.
The Superintendent is sure Rashid (educated in the West, member of Sadam´s Baath party and of a irreprochable moral) sense of duty, prevents him to act like some of his colleagues and will do whatever it takes to find the culprit in despite of his wife pleas to flee as soon as possible to Damascus.