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Baghdad book market turns the page on a new Iraq

BAGHDAD: When Maher Abu Hissam started his Baghdad bookshop two decades ago he was selling up to 40 books a day, such as the hunger for literature in the days of Saddam Hussein, even though the regime banned anything it did not like. Censorship was lifted when a U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam in 2003 but far from an upturn in sales these days Hissam sometimes sells just a few books at his shop on Mutanabbi Street. The street on the banks of the River Tigris where dozens of booksellers have shops and traders used to…