Maria Jorgelina Zabert Jorgelina Zabert itibaren Mouzay, Fransa
This was one of those books where I felt a bit bereft once I finished reading it, so I'm hoping he'll write an update/continuation one day. An excellent mix of his personal story alongside the Middle East politics and world he has witnessed, and it's amazing how unbitter he seems considering what happened to him. He makes me want to pack my bags, quit my job and go wandering round these countries for a long, long time - it is nice to read something by someone who is such an uncynical and genuinely enthusiastic traveller.
As first novels go, this one is strong and lean and has some surprisingly moving moments. It's aims are more modest than other first novelists, but that only means it's not a chore to read. Never bothered to see the movie; the book already had a cinematic quality to it in terms of the controlled language and imagery and the dialogue.