The Death of Murat Idrissi

The Death of Murat Idrissi

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Two venturesome women on a journey through the land of their fathers and mothers. A wrong turn. A bad decision.

They had no idea, when they arrived in Morocco, that their usual freedoms as young European women would not be available. So, when the spry Saleh presents himself as their guide and saviour, they embrace his offer. He extracts them from a tight space, only to lead them inexorably into an even tighter one: and from this far darker space there is no exit.

Their tale of confinement and escape is as old as the landscapes and cultures so vividly depicted in this story of where Europe and Africa come closest to meeting, even if they never quite touch.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12mm | 214g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1911344889
  • 9781911344889
  • 16,330

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Praise for Joe Speedboat:

`Joe Speedboat is never just another would-be inspirational read about overcoming adversity ... Expertly translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett, Tommy Wieringa's novel offers a rewarding journey into the unfamiliar. It is also witty, thoughtful and surprisingly tender.' * The Independent (UK) * Praise for A Beautiful Young Wife:

`Wieringa takes us on a journey deep into the psyche of an ageing male in this potent work ... No words are wasted in this thought-provoking love story.' * Herald Sun * Praise for A Beautiful Young Wife:

`Brilliantly written ... the last few pages are mesmerising.' * The Saturday Age * `The sentences are concise, propelling the action along and keeping readers on the edge of their seats ... a vital must-read.' -- Clayton McKee * Asymptote * `The gifted Dutch writer Tommy Wieringa is a bold, intelligent stylist, unafraid of exposing the ugliness of society juxtaposed with the vagaries of human nature. [A] taut, intense contemporary thriller of multiple exploitations.' -- Eileen Battersby * The Guardian *
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About Tommy Wieringa

Tommy Wieringa was born in 1967 and grew up partly in the Netherlands, and partly in the tropics. He began his writing career with travel stories and journalism, and is the author of several internationally bestselling novels. His fiction has been shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Oxford/Weidenfeld Prize, and has won Holland's Libris Literature Prize. Sam Garrett has translated some forty novels and works of non-fiction. He has won prizes and appeared on shortlists for some of the world's most prestigious literary awards, and is the only translator to have twice won the British Society of Authors' Vondel Prize for Dutch-English translation.
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3 44% (340)
2 11% (84)
1 2% (14)
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