Thursday, July 07, 2005

Interest In the Middle East (Except Arab Countries)

This article claims that readers are interested in fiction and lit from the Middle East... except all the books it mentions (Asne Seierstad's "The Bookseller of Kabul," Khaled Hosseini's "The Kite Runner," Azar Nafisi's "Reading Lolita in Tehran," Azadeh Moaveni's "Lipstick Jihad") are from Iran and Afghanistan, two countries, which I would hardly call the entire Middle East. The use of ME as a catchphrase for all is really annoying, as well as inaccurate.

The article also claims Americans are interested in the books because they examine countries we are at war with. Yet there are no books on the list from Iraq.

{link via Moorishgirl]


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