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Rayyan Al-Shawaf is a writer and book critic based in Beirut and Brummana, Lebanon. His book reviews have appeared in such North American newspapers...

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Arts and Culture : Book Review


Dreams of His Father

In “Stranger to History,” a memoir recounting Aatish Taseer’s travels through several predominantly Muslim countries, Pakistan emerges much worse after an attempt to “fix” it, a project that also eventually leads to the killing of the author’s father.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE


Arts and Culture : Book Review


Surviving History

What would it be like to discover Anne Frank, that most beloved and celebrated victim of the Holocaust, living in your attic?

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 READ MORE


Arts and Culture : Book Review


Ha Ha, Another Midlife Crisis

Howard Jacobson’s novel “No More Mr. Nice Guy” travels well-worn territory: the male midlife crisis in search of laughs.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE


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Arts and Culture : Book Review


Dreams of His Father

In “Stranger to History,” a memoir recounting Aatish Taseer’s travels through several predominantly Muslim countries, Pakistan emerges much worse after an attempt to “fix” it, a project that also eventually leads to the killing of the author’s father.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE


Arts and Culture : Book Review


Surviving History

What would it be like to discover Anne Frank, that most beloved and celebrated victim of the Holocaust, living in your attic?

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 READ MORE


Arts and Culture : Book Review


Ha Ha, Another Midlife Crisis

Howard Jacobson’s novel “No More Mr. Nice Guy” travels well-worn territory: the male midlife crisis in search of laughs.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE


Arts and Culture : Book Review


Warning From a ‘Burning Land’

Greg Myre and Jennifer Griffin, husband and wife and both seasoned journalists, have written a realistic—although perhaps not totally impartial—assessment of the Israeli-Palestinian issue based on their observations during eight years in Israel.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE


Bio

Rayyan Al-Shawaf is a writer and book critic based in Beirut and Brummana, Lebanon. His book reviews have appeared in such North American newspapers as The Boston Globe, Charlotte Observer, Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times, Christian Science Monitor, (Toronto) Globe and Mail, Miami Herald, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, New York Press, (Raleigh) News & Observer, San Antonio Express-News, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times), Tennessean and Washington City Paper. Longer reviews and essays have been published in magazines such as the Barnes & Noble Review, Bookforum, Books & Culture, Brooklyn Rail, Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books and Paste. He has recently begun circulating his fiction, with short stories appearing in literary journals The Vehicle and Clarion, and is currently at work on a novel.

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