Posts Tagged "fiction"


Malcolm Muggeridge (an old English literateur) once said that George Orwell “was no good as a novelist, because he didn’t have the interest in character.” Well, I didn’t need to tell you who George Orwell was, so you may doubt the judgment of the largely forgotten Muggeridge. But I think he was very close to an important factor for the novelist. Here’s why: Character creates empathy in a novel. It puts the reader in a relationship...

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My 5 favorite novels


Posted By on Jun 24, 2009

My second Palestinian crime novel A Grave in Gaza (UK title: The Saladin Murders) is just now published in Holland. The Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant asked me to contribute a list of my five favorite books, or at least those which’ve had the biggest impact on me as a writer. Here’s what I wrote: Let It Come Down – Paul Bowles Writers look for resonance. You might say Bowles has us with his title alone, which resonates with...

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