Mutanabbi Street, the thousand-year-old centre for bookselling where intellectuals gather, was blown up in 2007. The street has been restored; books have beaten violence. I felt proud to be able to walk around, take pictures of this recovered street and capture an Iraqi scene you don’t see that often.
The car bomb exploded opposite a famous teahouse at the end of the street. The owner lost four sons and one grandson in the blast, but he still sells tea and talks to anyone who wants to hear his story. Despite his great sadness, he goes on. I stumbled upon a copy of Mein Kampf next to a biography of Hillary Clinton... (Don’t miss the Christmas tree with artificial snow!)