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In the Name of God [Paperback]

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The descent of a peaceful village into the horrors of civil war: Khadra brings to life a conflict largely unknown to those in the English speaking world. Imagine becoming accustomed to terror on a daily basis. Imagine finding it normal to betray your neighbour. Imagine your worst fears being replaced by complacency, your natural compassion by cold indifference. IN THE NAME OF GOD illustrates the way evil c an become a part of everyday life. And it is the story of Algeria today.

The moving translation into English is by Linda Black.

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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 6.58" Height: 0.73"
Weight:   0.97 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   Toby Press
ISBN  1902881117  
ISBN13  9781902881119  

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More About Yasmina Khadra

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Yasmina Khadra is the nom de plume of the Algerian army officer Mohammed Moulessehoul, who is the author of four other books published in English: Double Blanc, Morituri, In the Name of God and Wolf Dreams. He took the feminine pseudonym to avoid submitting his manuscripts for approval by military censors while he was still in the army. He lives in France.

Yasmina Khadra currently resides in Algiers. Yasmina Khadra was born in 1956.

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Extremely Well Done  Oct 6, 2004
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.
Very timely since September 11!!  Sep 18, 2001
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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