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Review Sarajevo Firewood, Saïd Khatibi

Saïd Khatibi’s polyphonic novel, Sarajevo Firewood, pays homage to the victims of civil war in Algeria and Bosnia in the 1990s, and gives the survivors a voice. Scarred by erratic memories and traumatic recall – […]

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Non Fiction

Sharif Gemie reviews Beirut 2020 The Collapse of a Civilization, Charif Majdalani

Remember the Great Fear of March 2020? Remember the empty supermarket shelves, stripped bare of pasta, loo-rolls and flour? Many Brits feared that this was the End of Civilization as We Know It, like in […]

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Review The King’s Fool, Mahi Binebine

Throughout history, the king’s fool has had a distinct, privileged and vital role to play at royal courts. Mahi Binebine’s fool is contemporary, even though the story reads as though it happened in a distant […]

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Non Fiction

Review French Muslims in Perspective, Joseph Downing

The French Muslim community numbers nearly 6 million, and is growing. French Muslims in Perspective: Nationalism, Post-Colonialism and Marginalisation under the Republic by Joseph Downing is rich in detail for curious minds, with copious end notes […]

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Non Fiction

Review On Terrorism Conversations with My Daughter, Tahar Ben Jelloun

BookBlast review of On Terrorism: Conversations with My Daughter ahead of Georgia de Chamberet interviewing Tahar Ben Jelloun in French & in English, voice-over by Issa Naseri. The Moroccan poet, novelist, essayist, and journalist, Tahar […]

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Podcast Bridging the Divide Translation and the Art of Empathy, season 1

HEAR the first seven episodes of the BookBlast Podcast series, Bridging the Divide: Translation and the Art of Empathy. When reading, do you “hear” the book as if it is being read to you by […]

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Non Fiction

Lucy Popescu reviews Tazmamart, Aziz BineBine

Tazmamart: 18 Years in Morocco’s Secret Prison by Aziz BineBine — beautifully translated by Lulu Norman — is a harrowing tale of endurance which offers a precise depiction of the grim life of a political […]