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On the banks of the Tigris, a refuge for Iraqi readers

Sitting in the green grass under a bright Baghdad sun, Iraqi men and women bury their heads in romance novels, essay collections and volumes of poetry. It's far from the image most have of the Iraqi capital-- but for one day this weekend on the banks of the Tigris, Iraqi readers were able to find some respite from the country's violence in the simple joy of losing themselves in a book.
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