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4.0 out of 5 stars Social criticism in a police story, 17 Mar 2009
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This review is from: Autumn of the Phantoms (Paperback)
The Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra's Autumn of the Phantoms is difficult to place in either crime or thriller genres. It is much much more than escapism. It is social criticism, a withering lambasting of the censorship laws in Algeria, a powerful cry against the constant undercurrent of fundamentalist terror. An (autobiographical, I think) Inspector Llob has written a book showing the country and the army in poor light and he is forcibly thrown out of the force; he is targeted by a terrorist bomber and, while recuperating, pulled into the surreal world of the super-rich and intellectual Algiers, where he finds that corruption and power work hand-in-hand. [Yasmina Khadra is the pseudonym of Mohammed Moulessehoul, a high-ranking military officer in the Algerian armed forces, who was castigated and vilified for writing what were considered lies about the incestuous nexus between the government and the radicals.]
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Autumn of the Phantoms by Yasmina Khadra (Paperback - 27 Jan 2006)
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