review DANS L’ENFER DES TOURNANTES


This is the horrifying story of Samira Bellil,  a girl grown into a young woman, who was raised in the suburbs of Paris in a family of Algerian descent.  She herself was born in Algeria. Samira tells her story of gang rape of drugs abuse of physical and mental abuse to show other girls and … Continue reading review DANS L’ENFER DES TOURNANTES

review HALF OF A YELLOW SUN


Red. Black. Green. And in the centre of the waving flag was the half of a yellow sun. The yellow sun is a token of the dawn that had arrived. A new time. A new challenge under the sun. The waving flag was the flag of the brand new country Biafra (1967-1970). A corner cut … Continue reading review HALF OF A YELLOW SUN

review السكرية, Al-Sukkariyya, SUGAR STREET


One of the famous works of the Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz was his Cairo Trilogy, set in the Egyptian capital. He did a great job writing these three books. In normal circumstances a reader would start with volume 1, move on to volume 2 and end with volume 3. Now I did follow another course. … Continue reading review السكرية, Al-Sukkariyya, SUGAR STREET

review IN THE COUNTRY OF MEN


In the year 2006 Hisham Matar published his debut novel In the country of men. This writer was born in New York (United States of America) when his father was a diplomat for the Libyan government. In later years he grew up in Tripoli and in Cairo. These last two cities feature in this novel. … Continue reading review IN THE COUNTRY OF MEN

The Moroccan-born writer of Lullaby returns to north Africa to explore sex, pornography and hypocrisy


The writer Leila Slimani hails from Morocco, but lives and works in France. In her books she manages to touch raw nerves, especially about sex and its environment. In her new book Sex and lies she continues her journey of discovery. In this article you will find out more about Leila and her novel and … Continue reading The Moroccan-born writer of Lullaby returns to north Africa to explore sex, pornography and hypocrisy

review EEN VLUCHTELING VOOR ISWALDA


I had never heard the name of the author, Egbert Ausema, before. He published this novel through a publishing house that specialized in authors who want to publish on their own account.  This novel shows us the life of a refugee from Somalia, who recently arrived in The Netherlands. His father was from English descent … Continue reading review EEN VLUCHTELING VOOR ISWALDA