Posts Tagged "Middle East"


If there had never been a Palestinian intifada, I might never have written my novel about the death of Mozart, MOZART’S LAST ARIA, which is published today in the UK by Corvus. Of course, 4,000 people would also be alive who are now dead. In the course of writing about that destruction between 2000 and 2006, I saw some terrible things, experienced some frightful emotions, and internalized shocking facts about the world around me. It...

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The Guardian asked me to contribute to their regular feature in which authors pick their top 10 novels on a particular subject. Read my top 10 novels set in the Arab world here. Most of the writers I picked are Arab, though there are a couple of Westerners and Tariq Ali is a Pakistani. This, by the way, is what I wrote in introducing the list: “The Arab literary world and Western publishing don’t cross over much. The...

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BBC Picks Omar as Best Xmas Read


Posted By on Dec 20, 2007

BBC Radio’s Arts programme picked The Bethlehem Murders (the UK title for the first Omar Yussef Mystery) as one of the best crime novels to read or give as a gift over Christmas. Pretty good going for a Muslim detective. Here’s the BBC’s full list:http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/frontrow/festivepicks.shtml

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