LBF 2008

This year the London Book Fair hosted the Arab World as its special guest, so the focus has been on Arabic literature. The Guardian caught up with a number of Arab writers and asked them which works they think should be read today and The Independent‘s Boyd Tonkin has a very good overview of recent developments in the Arab literary scene. There’s even a mention of the detective novel by Abdelilah Hamdouchi that I keep hearing about. It comes out here in the U.S. in May, under the title The Final Wager.