Wolf Dreams

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Toby Press, 2003 - Fiction - 260 pages
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How does a handsome young man who keeps company with poets and dreams of fame and fortune in the movie business become a brutal killer who massacres women and children without turning a hair? Wolf Dreams reveals this transformation in a novel of unflinching detail and commanding prose. The story follows Nafa Walid, heart-throb of the Casbah, as he gradually loses control of his destiny and becomes drawn into the Islamic Fundamentalist movement. Wolf Dreams illustrates how disappointment and disillusion, when they intersect with the persuasive voice of fundamentalism and the chaos of civil war, can transform a normal, middle-class young man into a mindless assassin; a man who inflicts pain and terror on others without qualms, and accepts the idea of his own death with devotion.

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WOLF DREAMS

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A taut and harrowing account of a young Algerian actor caught up in the political strife of the 1990s who joins a commando of Islamic guerillas.Why, some ask these days, would anyone want to roll back ... Read full review

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User Review  - JimElkins - LibraryThing

I read this because it's touted as the best way to understand "how an Islamic fundamentalist is formed." Well, maybe. The story could be transferred to any culture in which a poor underclass is full ... Read full review

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Yasmina Khadra is the pseudonym of the Algerian writer Mohammed Moulessehoul. 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.

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