Search Results: "Marjolijn de Jager"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Djebar is reputed to be a leading Nobel Prize candidate. Reading this replete, stirring novel, one can understand why."
A chaotic and perilous day in the life of a North African village is depicted in this taut 1962 novel, written in French by the Algerian-born author (So Vast a Prison, 1999, etc.) and filmmaker. Read full book review >

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THE WATCHERS by Tahar Djaout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"No one will miss the message here, but Djaout has also given us a story as steeped in the beauty of North Africa as in the darkness threatening those who call it home."
The first English translation of this 1991 winner of the French Prix Mediterranée, whose author was assassinated in 1993 by Islamic extremists in Algeria, follows publication of Djaout's remarkable The Last Summer of Reason (2001) and further shows the loss literature has sustained. Read full book review >

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THE COURTSHIP OF SEA CREATURES by Jean-Pierre Otte
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"They may be lobsters and shrimp, winkles and cockles and limpets, and it may be in 'a language only they understand'—but this is surely the music of love."
Amorous doings in the tide pools of a wild Atlantic coast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WE ALL WORE STARS by Theo Coster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The moving lore around the life of Anne Frank remains inexhaustible and eternal."
A handful of classmates relegated to Amsterdam's Jewish Lyceum during World War II offer poignant, haunting memories of "Annelies." Read full book review >

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GADDAFI'S HAREM by Annick Cojean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"An important contribution to the understanding of Gadhafi's regime and the social and political challenges that confront Libya now."
Acclaimed Le Monde journalist Cojean (Marc Riboud: 50 Years of Photography, 2004, etc.) investigates Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's extensive system of sexual predation, collecting testimony from many of his victims. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST SUMMER OF REASON by Tahar Djaout
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Though these and other bleak reflections on fundamentalist society remain as legacy, the stilling of Djaout's humanist voice is a loss to the larger literary world as much as to his embattled homeland."
Prize-winning novelist and poet Djaout was assassinated in 1993 by Islamic fundamentalists in his native Algeria, leaving this very short novel, a painful rumination on the death of the spirit in a repressive society, among his papers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOMEN OF ALGIERS IN THEIR APARTMENT by Assia Djebar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"As much a critique as a picture of a society, Djebar's debut- -plus its informative afterword—is an elegant and evocative introduction to a too little-known world."
Algerian-born writer and filmmaker Djebar, now living in France, makes her American debut with a collection offering memorable portraits of Arabic women in a time of change. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 28, 2005

"Reading or attempting to read this ponderous and pretentious treatise will not help the ambivalent woman come to a decision about cosmetic surgery, but it may well induce some beauty sleep."
From a French cosmetic surgeon comes word that true beauty is found not in facial perfection but in a certain je ne sais quoi that he labels seductiveness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DAY NINA SIMONE STOPPED SINGING by Darina Al-Joundi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2011

"A pitiless, steely narrative, alternately heartbreaking and compelling."
The story of one woman's reckless and liberated adolescence in the brutal atmosphere of 1970s and '80s Beirut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 1994

"A joy: like getting a letter from a modern-day Thoreau, one who takes sensual pleasure in writing, and has his feet planted firmly on the soil."
The reclamation of an 18th-century New Hampshire farmstead over the past 25 years provides an enchanting ``natural sequel'' to Eighty Acres, the author's popular 1990 memoir of growing up on a Michigan farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLOOD ROYAL by Eric Jager
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"An impressive combination of mystery, crime story, and social and political history."
Few works of fiction will grab readers' attention as well as Jager's (The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France, 2004) riveting story of a 1407 murder mystery that split the royal family of France. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BROTHERS AT WAR by Sheila Miyoshi Jager
NON-FICTION
Released: July 29, 2013

"An authoritative record of the divided Korean peninsula to go alongside Victor Cha's The Impossible State (2012)."
A protracted chronicle of the north-south conflict in Korea and the ultimate yearning for peninsular peace. Read full book review >