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The Last One Fatima Daas Review

An autobiographical first novel, The Last One tells the story of Fatima and her family. The confusing polarities between different worlds and cultures that are portrayed sparked an intense Media debate in France. Although based […]

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Turf Wars (2) Olivier Norek Review

Turf Wars is the second of Olivier Norek’s true-grit Captain Coste trilogy set in the banlieues of Paris. Norek has an unusual C.V. Born in Toulouse in 1975, he worked for a humanitarian charity in […]

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Men Don’t Cry Faïza Guène Review

Faïza Guène’s Men Don’t Cry (Un homme, ça ne pleure pas) is imbued with her hallmark humour and heightened sensitivity, deftly rendered into English by Sarah Ardizzone. Mourad’s family is struggling with exile and integration. […]

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French Muslims in Perspective Joseph Downing Review

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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Rosy & John & The Paris Crime Files Pierre Lemaitre Review

BookBlast review of Rosy & John by Pierre Lemaitre, author and screenwriter of the Paris Crime Files a.k.a. Verhœven series. A Goncourt prizewinner, he is the acknowledged master of French Noir. Rosy & John, translated […]

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On Terrorism Tahar Ben Jelloun Review

BookBlast review of On Terrorism: Conversations with My Daughter to accompany Georgia de Chamberet’s interview Tahar Ben Jelloun in French & in English, voice-over by Issa Naseri, for the BookBlast Podcast series, Bridging the Divide.  […]

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Arab Jazz Karim Miské Review

Although a thriller, Arab Jazz is really about muddled identities, lives destroyed by religious extremism, and dysfunctional families coexisting in fragile racial harmony in impoverished neighbourhoods. The narrative travels between the ungentrified 19ième arrondissement of  […]