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Book Review: The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud

By Sameer Rahim   August 2015

Fic3The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud (Oneworld, £8.99)

Kamel Daoud is one of Algeria’s most outspoken journalists, often criticising his own country and the wider Muslim world for its lack of advancement since the colonial era ended. His debut novel, The Meursault Investigation, which fell two votes short of winning the Prix Goncourt, analyses why civil war and bad governance has plagued the country since independence from France in 1962. It has also got him death threats from Islamists unhappy with his sceptical take on religion, and attacks from the secular political…

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