The Mysteries of Algiers

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Dedalus, 1988 - Fiction - 203 pages
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On one level this is a political thriller set in Algiers in 1959. The French know that they are going to lose control of the territory and are resorting to torture to hold their ground. On another level it is a study of the complex psychology of a traitor and the inevitable failure of imperalism.

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User Review  - Widsith - LibraryThing

JUST AS STRANGE, BUT MUCH NASTIER A really odd novel, which reads as though Alistair Horne's history of the Algerian War had been rewritten as pulp fiction. It contains the admirable phrase ‘the ... Read full review


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Robert Irwin has taught Arabic and Medieval History at Oxford, Cambridge, and the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of "The Arabian Nights: A Companion" as well as six novels. He lives in London.

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