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In the Name of God Paperback – January 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Toby Press; 1st Edition(PB) edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902881117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902881119
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The characters are magnificently captured. We are taken through a vast gallery of portraits, sketched with the intensity..." -- LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR, PARIS

"Yasmina Khadra is one of the rare writers capable of giving meaning to the violence in Algeria today." -- NEWSWEEK

About the Author

Yasmina Khadra is a pseudonym. The author has chosen to keep his/her identity a secret for security reasons. As a leading critic in France has written: "A he or a she? It doesn't matter. What matters is that Yasmina Khadra is today one of Alger ia's most important writers.")

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Yasmina Khadra is the pseudonym of the Algerian writer Mohammed Moulessehoul, born in 1956. A high ranking officer in the Algerian army, he went into exile in France in 2000, where he now lives in seclusion. In his several writings on the civil war in Algeria, Khadra exposes the current regime and the fundamentalist opposition as the joint guilty parties in the Algerian Tragedy. Before his admission of identity in 2001, a leading critic in France wrote, 'A he or a she? It doesn't matter. What matters is that Yasmina Khadra is today one of Algeria's most important writers.'

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Gordon L. fuglie on September 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
Every so often Americans seem to get a brief shocking glimpse of the homicidal fundamentalist Islamic (in name) bloodlust that suddenly falls upon the rural towns of Algeria, devastating their inhabitants. This novel shows its slow but steady spread like a bloody stain over one town and its people, eventually consuming them all - before itself being crushed by the overwhelming force of the Algerian army.
From bored, underemployed young men, the mullahs with Islamist answers for all of Algeria's problems seduce them into a militant force that eventually rages into a gory slaughter of all not deemed "God's pure," including men, women and children. As recent reports and Khadra's novel demonstrate, it isn't long before the slaughter becomes the end itself. The Islamic elements disappear entirely.
One of the last characters to succumb to the relgious violence is a late middle-aged intellectual who was educated in France. Although contemptuous of the fanatics to the last, his murder and the fiery destruction of his library of modern thought is clearly Khadra's warning to the West.
In the Name of God is written and translated into straightforward, muted and matter-of-fact prose, the better to narrate its truly horrific tale. The mainstream Islamic world and the West need to come to grips with the resentful, vengeful and lethal rage that is sweeping Islamic nations from North Africa to Indonesia. For those entering into an awareness of how this phenomenon gets locally rooted, and and can reach its deadly climax, this frightening and horrifying novel provides insight through the lives of its various characters and their fates. One of the more effectively drawn characters is the town's dwarf who Khadra evolves from a despised pathetic clown into a kind of Satanic/vulture figure, aiding and abetting the violence - his way of settling old scores.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Carlton on October 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Khandra's books are simple with multiple levels of perception. More importantly, they are masterfully wordsmithed (the over-used term is well earned in this case). These are the kind of books that haunt you for years as they become part of your psyche.....and you see parallels to the writing all around you.......the writing truly provides you with a new perception of your own life.

Here are all the books to date, with a bit of info on each:

Swallows of Kabul (2004)

A bit hit in France, this story of 2 couples and their attempts to cope with the rule of the Taliban is mesmerizing.

Wolf Dreams (2003) 3rd of an Algerian trilogy

A story of a Moslem Jihadi, from sweet boy to fanatic fundamentalist has been recommended for insight into the driving force of suicidist youngsters.

Morituri (2003) 2nd of an Algerian trilogy

An Algerian kidnaping story that provides a compelling look at the definition of crime in a permanently impoverished society.

In The Name Of God (2000) 1st of an Algerian trilogy

A look at the phenomena of Moslem fundamentalism in Algeria, this book has strong parallels to Camu's "The Plague." In some ways it is a more modern variation on a theme of Camu's work.
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