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The beautiful and willful medieval doctor, Vesta, bears the unbearable. Her sufferings are innumerable. Intimidation, humiliation, gang-rapes, loss of loved ones, enforced miscarriage, psychological and emotional abuse, multiple surgeries, purificatory bathes, self-quarantine and isolation – this Kurdish woman has seen it all. The bloodthirsty fanatics who ruthlessly attacked her home seems to disappear without trace or sufficient evidence to aid in her search for justice. Reality is too painful for her husband, Ivar, to handle. He drowns himself in infidelity and alcohol which alters his physical and mental state. In the midst of personal and national tragedies, Vesta is desperate to save her marriage, leave the past behind and give her brutally murdered children a legacy beyond her grief. But in the city of Miafarqin, the potential for disaster is constantly present and females often get trampled under foot.

Told in a poetic narrative, The Viking’s Kurdish Love is a compelling love story with captivating characters, stunning plot twists and thought-provoking themes, such as love, hate, pleasure, pain, identity, family, loyalty, betrayal, survival, guilt, revenge and forgiveness.

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About The Author

Dr. Widad Akreyi is a prominent humanitarian and human rights activist. A wDr. Widad Akreyi is an award-winning global human rights leader and a pioneer in the field of social justice. Known for being an icon of courage and a voice for the voiceless, she has been a major player in the quest for gender equality and compassionate solidarity. Originally from Kurdistan region (the southern part of Kurdland), Widad now lives in the West and holds a Master’s degree in genetics and a PhD in global health and epidemiology. Aiming to document the heights and depths, the joys and sorrows of human life with an original touch, The Viking’s Kurdish Love sheds light on the roots of current public health measures taken worldwide in the era of Coronavirus pandemic. Gleaming with clarity and charged with vitality, it links ancient events to today’s reality. Ask her about it! You can visit her at widad.org


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