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The Attack

by Yasmina Khadra

The Attack
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  • Published in USA  May 2006
    272 pages
    Genre: Novels

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The Attack portrays the reality of terrorism and its incalculable spiritual costs. Intense and humane, devoid of political bias, hatred, and polemics, it probes deep inside the Muslim world and gives readers a profound understanding of what seems impossible to understand.

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"Khadra ... captures his hero's turmoil in trying to come to terms with the endless violence." - PW
"Although powerful and engrossing, bursts of boilerplate indignation and see-it-a-mile-away climaxes make it a lesser achievement than Khadra's Afghanistan novel" - Booklist.

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Yasmina Khadra Author Biography

Yasmina Khadra is the pseudonym of the former Algerian army officer Mohammed Moulessehoul.

Moulessehoul, an officer in the Algerian army, adopted a woman's pseudonym to avoid military censorship. Despite the publication of many successful novels in Algeria, Moulessehoul only revealed his true identity in 2001 after leaving the army and going into exile and seclusion in France. Anonymity was the only way for him to survive and avoid censorship during the Algerian Civil War.

In 2004, Newsweek acclaimed him as "one of the rare writers capable of giving a meaning to the violence in Algeria today."

His novel set in Afghanistan under the Taliban, The Swallows of Kabul was shortlisted for the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The Attack won the Prix des libraires in 2006, a prize ...

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