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THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL By: Yasmina Khadra March 2, 2010

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.

     The Lycan Librarian is consistently meeting people who love novels about other cultures and express their admiration for books about the Middle East, but have not heard a peep about one of the most powerful books out about Afghanistan, THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL. This novel has been translated from French, and Yasmina Khadra is the nom de plume of an Algerian army officer. In order to publish the book under his own name, it would have had to clear the military censors, and that simply would not have happened.

     The Moonlit Library acquired this gripping book when it first came out in 2005, and the Lycan Librarian is still recommending it to others. It is a book full of memorable and frustrated characters suffering under the Taliban rule.  Among Khadra’s other equally disturbing accounts of realistic threats are THE ATTACK and WOLF DREAMS (2006), and THE SIRENS OF BAGHDAD (2007). They and his Inspector Llob mysteries are quite intense and very much worth reading. Whether or not you believe intelligent, educated people can be pushed so far by tragedies that they, themselves, come to create them, you will find that these dark, anguished stories are compelling and timely reads.



1. bluestrandblog - March 2, 2010

Very informative, thoughtful and interesting book reviews. Thanks for presenting many books that I have not yet discovered. Very cool blog site and congratulations on your up and coming book, I will be looking for it. Thanks for this site.

lycan librarian - March 2, 2010

Thanks for your kind words. Feel free to also keep me posted on any interesting books you come across. One can never have too long of a “must read” list.

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