Search Results: "Yasmina Khadra"


BOOK REVIEW

DEAD MAN’S SHARE by Yasmina Khadra
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"This prequel to Khadra's Algerian Trilogy (Autumn of the Phantoms, 2006, etc.) surprisingly caps the series, adding a psychological depth and narrative breadth worthy of the author's mainstream thrillers."
An Algerian police chief grapples with a cloudy crime and a delicate departmental challenge. Read full book review >

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THE SIRENS OF BAGHDAD by Yasmina Khadra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2007

"Perhaps the most frighteningly plausible doomsday scenario yet to appear in fictional treatments of this seemingly insoluble crisis. And if it doesn't scare the hell out of you, you're not paying enough attention."
The logic of terrorism is taken to a virtually ultimate extent in this bloodcurdling successor to the pseudonymous author's highly praised novels (The Attack, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL by Yasmina Khadra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2004

"Still, despite such contrivances, Khadra's latest is informed by a fine ironic intelligence, and its message is not an easy one to shake off."
A bleak, terse tale in which a harsh fundamentalist culture suppresses individual liberty and summarily victimizes its citizens. Read full book review >

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WOLF DREAMS by Yasmina Khadra
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 30, 2003

"A truly disturbing work that offers a rare insight into the making of a zealot. Khadra (In the Name of God, not reviewed) is the pseudonym of Mohammed Moulessehoul, a former officer in the Algerian army."
A taut and harrowing account of a young Algerian actor caught up in the political strife of the 1990s who joins a commando of Islamic guerillas. Read full book review >

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THE ATTACK by Yasmina Khadra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2006

"The action is always convincing, the relationships less so."
"How could she?" That's the question haunting an eminent Arab Israeli surgeon, whose wife has become the latest suicide bomber. Khadra (pseudonym of a retired Algerian army officer) moves from Algeria (Wolf Dreams, 2003) and Afghanistan (The Swallows of Kabul, 2004) to Israel/Palestine. Read full book review >

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AUTUMN OF THE PHANTOMS by Yasmina Khadra
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2006

"Though it lacks mystery, Khadra's involving and poignant narrative caps the Llob trilogy in ways veterans of the first two installments can best appreciate."
Wartime woes and ubiquitous losses haunt newly unemployed Algerian police Inspector Llob. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE BLANK by Yasmina Khadra
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 15, 2005

"Slight as a police procedural, but a fascinating tour of a corrupt and crumbling society."
Droll, jaded Superintendent Llob investigates the murder of a fond acquaintance from his youth. Read full book review >

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THE ATTACK by Loïc Dauvillier
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A timely and affecting examination of extremism, marriage, and the sheer hopelessness and brutality of war. (Graphic fiction. 16 & up)"
When his wife is identified as a terrorist, a surgeon must come to terms with her duplicity. Read full book review >

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ADAM HABERBERG by Yasmina Reza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"One would not want to spend more than half a day with Adam Haberberg."
Half a day in the life of a failed Parisian novelist. Read full book review >

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HAPPY ARE THE HAPPY by Yasmina Reza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Feather light but oddly compelling."
French playwright and novelist Reza, best known in America for her 2009 Tony Award-winning play, God of Carnage, offers 20 scenes to show the interlocking lives of various Parisian spouses, lovers, parents, children and friends.Read full book review >

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DESOLATION by Yasmina Reza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2002

"Touching and honest, but unsatisfying all the same: Samuel's monologue seems, not surprisingly, to be written more for the stage than the page."
A somewhat lugubrious debut from French playwright Reza (the Tony Award-winning Art). Read full book review >

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MY NAME IS SANGOEL by Karen Lynn Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2009

"Though a skinny eight-year-old with downcast eyes, Sangoel is such a picture of quiet dignity that readers will come away admiring his courage and self-possession. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)"
The authors of Four Feet, Two Sandals (2007, illustrated by Doug Chayka) craft another sensitively written, hope-filled immigrant story, this one featuring a young Sudanese refugee who finds an inventive way to break the ice in his new American school. Read full book review >