RARA-AVIS: "Yasmina Khadra"

From: Burridge, Stephen ( stephen.burridge@hp.com)
Date: 01 Oct 2004


London Review of Books has an article on the Algerian author of "The Swallows of Kabul" that may be of interest:

"Khadra's best work - an enormously popular trilogy of detective novels starring Inspector Brahim Llob, the first of which, Morituri, has just been translated into English - is lovingly devoted to the theory that, in Algeria, things are never what they seem. The Llob series does not recall Camus, except in its one-sided vision of the violence that has plagued their country. Lean, acerbic and sometimes pornographically violent, the writing here is far more reminiscent of Simenon - or, better yet, of Chandler and James M. Cain, the American noir novelists Camus so admired. Set in Algeria at the height of the civil war, at a time when reporters were often banned from entering the country, the Llob novels illuminate the darkest, most treacherous corners of Algeria's underworld."


-Stephen Burridge

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