On Monday 9th February at 7pm, We are thrilled to be hosting the Oxford launch of Karim Miské’s debut crime thriller, ‘Arab Jazz’. Joining us to host the evening’s discussion will be journalist, author, radical thinker and the inspiration for the Rolling Stone’s ‘Street Fighting Man’, Tariq Ali.
Kosher sushi, kebabs, a second hand bookshop and a bar: the 19th arrondissement in Parisis a cosmopolitan neighbourhood where multicultural citizens live, love and worship alongside one another. This peace is shattered when Ahmed Taroudant’s melancholy daydreams are interrupted by the blood dripping from his upstairs neighbour’s brutally mutilated corpse. The violent murder of Laura Vignole, and the pork joint placed next to her, set imaginations ablaze across the neighborhood, and Ahmed finds himself the prime suspect. However detectives Rachel Kupferstein and Jean Hamelot are not short of leads. What is the connection between a disbanded hip-hop group and the fiery extremist preachers that jostle in the streets for attention? And what is the mysterious new pill that is taking the district by storm? In this his debut novel, Karim Miské demonstrates a masterful control of setting, as he moves seamlessly between the sensual streets of Paris and the synagogues of New York to reveal the truth behind a horrifying crime.
The novel has just been awarded France’s most prestigious award for crime writing and has been described by Tariq as ‘Intelligent and Gripping’. Join us for what is likely to be an extremely passionate and thought provoking talk where art begins to imitate life.
Tickets cost just £3 and are available to purchase from the customer service department of Blackwell’s Oxford or by calling 01865 333623.