The Meursault Investigation, and it was published in 2015. There is also an Arabic translation under the title معارضة الغريب.
By no means should this blog entry be considered a genuine review. Nevertheless, I hope some of my thoughts after reading Albert Camus's L'etranger (English title The Stranger), excerpts of Edward Said's Culture and Imperialism and Kamel Daoud's recent novel will be useful.
This does contain a few spoilers.
1. I don't think it's useful to read The Meursault Investigation without having first read The Stranger. Kamel Daoud denies that his novel is a response to Albert Camus, and I actually buy that. It's just that there's too much meta going on in Kamel Daoud's novel which a reader who hadn't read The Stranger would miss.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad has completed editing of a collection of science fiction short stories. It can be downloaded for free in various formats at the Islam and Science Fiction blog.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder by Vincent Bugliosi several years ago and never finished it. My new car has a working CD player, and I remembered I had 3 more discs from this book, so I finished them driving around town over the last week.
Even though I lived through the events of George the Small's years in the White House, this book reminded me how bad he was and how much he deserves punishment for the criminal wars he pursued. If you are like me and you've forgotten or you are too young to know, it's worth a read.
But more importantly, he ends the book discussing the cultural changes he saw in the United States which allowed for the election of George the Small and the popularity he enjoyed for most of his rule. Now some of this is simply an aged curmudgeon (he hates rap music), but there are some points congruent with a book I reviewed earlier about the erosion of literacy.
Sunday, November 06, 2016
Shabana Mir describes her class's use of Laila Lalami's Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits and Meenu Gaur's and Farjad Nabi's film Zinda Baag to learn about refugees.
Read her blog entry.
Read her blog entry.