Karim Miské won the 2012 Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, France’s most prestigious award for Crime Fiction with Arab Jazz, his debut novel. Now released in the UK by Quercus, Arab Jazz, translated by Sam Gordon has won an English PEN award. Miské will present his book in the Crescents Art Centre on Tuesday, in partnership with No Alibis.
Here is a presentation of the author by his publisher :
Born in 1964 in Abidjan to a Mauritanian Muslim father and a French atheist, Marxist mother, KARIM MISKÉ moved to Paris as a young boy before leaving to study journalism in Dakar. He now lives in France, and makes documentary films on a wide range of subjects including the common roots between Judaism and Islam. He runs a Senegalese restaurant in Paris’ 11th arrondissement and has started writing TV scripts. In Arab Jazz, his debut novel, Karim Miské demonstrates a sharp eye for character and an evocative sense of place, moving seamlessly between the sensual streets of Paris and the synagogues of New York to reveal the truth behind a horrifying crime. Set in the 19th arrondissement, a cosmopolitan district where multicultural citizens live, love and worship alongside one another, Arab Jazz is not only a nail-biting thriller but also a visceral denunciation of religious fundamentalism.
A review of Arab Jazz is available here :
To book a ticket for the reading on Tuesday : http://crescentarts.ticketsolve.com/