"Enormously entertaining. It reminded me of so many experiences in Iraq and was much better than those think tank types on the Green Zone."
"Freedomization is a remarkable novel, both more realistic and more hilarious than U.S. news coverage of the liberation of Iraq. I'm inclined to say it would be funny if it weren't so tragic, but I can't because it truly is uproariously funny. Maybe clear thinking will follow the laughter; it sure hasn't followed anything else yet."
"Satire is based on brutal honesty, and this is what this impressive fictional account of the first year of the US adventure in Iraq has to offer. This book affords a downright realistic glimpse of what in hindsight is a shocking experience."
Joost Hiltermann, Chief Operating Officer of International Crisis Group
"Brought back many memories and... caught the vibe inside and outside the Green Zone better than anything else I've read."
Tom Parker, CTITF Adviser on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism at the United Nations
Stephen Epstein, Foreign Affairs Officer at US State Department
"When I say it triggered my PTSD, I mean that as a compliment. The sense of time and place were very real. The characterizations were good, and again, very familiar. [...] A good story about a topic too often ignored."
Peter Van Buren, author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People
Cover art by Joe Wray. The paperback also contains drawings by Joe Wray not available in the Kindle version.
This website is a textual and visual companion to my novel, Freedomization. The imagery can be found in the four photo galleries to the left, which show shards of the broken mirror that Iraq has become.
The slideshows are arranged to be viewed in order, beginning at the top with "Scenes of freedomization at work."
The photos are real and have not been altered in any way. They were taken all over Iraq between June 2003 and January 2004 by someone who wishes to remain anonymous.
The commentary, back-stories and vignettes accompanying the photos are products of my imagination and are not to be confused with factual journalism. The identities attributed to the individuals in the photos are false and were invented for the sake of character creation.
Some characters from Freedomization play parts in the slideshows; these episodes and all others can be appreciated as reflections from the novel, glinting off the broken glass in changing light. This fictional material, like the novel itself, draws on the first six months of the occupation of Iraq, from spring to fall of 2003. I worked there as a translator and deputy NGO coordinator at that time, when freedomization blossomed in the air.
WARNING: These slideshows contain language, images and concepts that may be disturbing for all audiences. They are not intended for minors or for people who do not wish to be exposed to the obscenity of war.
User's tip: When viewing the slideshow, click on the white hyperlink in the grey band above if you wish to return to this page.
All photos and written content on this website are copyright © by Dustin Langan.