November 2018 Erä
Giveaway Ended: November 26 at 06:00 pm EST
René Appel (Editor, Contribution by), Josh Pachter (Editor, Contribution by), Michael Berg (Contribution by), Anneloes Timmerije (Contribution by), Murat Isik (Contribution by), Simon de Waal (Contribution by), Hanna Bervoets (Contribution by), Karin Amatmoekrim (Contribution by), Christine Otten (Contribution by), Mensje van Keulen (Contribution by), Max van Olden (Contribution by), Theo Capel (Contribution by), Loes den Hollander (Contribution by), Herman Koch (Contribution by), Abdelkader Benali (Contribution by), Walter van den Berg (Contribution by)
Sarjat: Akashic Noir
Amsterdam is a very welcome, if long overdue, installment in the Akashic Noir Series. Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. Brand-new stories by: Michael Berg, Anneloes Timmerije, Murat Isik, René Appel, Josh Pachter, Simon de Waal, Hanna Bervoets, Karin Amatmoekrim, Christine Otten, Mensje van Keulen, Max van Olden, Theo Capel, Loes den Hollander, Herman Koch, Abdelkader Benali, and Walter van den Berg. From the introduction by René Appel & Josh Pachter: Amsterdam has the amenities and, to a certain extent, the feel of a major world city, but one of its most attractive features is its relatively small size. It’s easy to navigate on feet, by bike, and via its excellent public transportation network, especially with the semicircular perimeter of its famous Grachtengordel, or ring of concentric canals. Like any other metropolis, though, Amsterdam also has its dark side, its shadowy corners—in other words, there is also an Amsterdam noir. No matter how beautiful, vital, and cheery a city might be, pure human emotions such as greed, jealousy, and the thirst for revenge will rear their ugly heads . . . with all their negative consequences. Amsterdam is a multidimensional city, populated by a wide assortment of social groups, and not all of those groups agree on what constitutes normal social values and mores. This results in a lively mix . . . and, as you will see, in problems.
July 2018 Erä
Giveaway Ended: July 30 at 06:00 pm EDT
Yassin Adnan (Editor, Contribution by), Fouad Laroui (Contribution by), Allal Bourqia (Contribution by), Abdelkader Benali (Contribution by), Mohamed Zouhair (Contribution by), Mohamed Achaari (Contribution by), Hanane Derkaoui (Contribution by), Fatiha Morchid (Contribution by), Mahi Binebine (Contribution by), Mohamed Nedali (Contribution by), Halima Zine El Abidine (Contribution by), My Seddik Rabbaj (Contribution by), Karima Nadir (Contribution by), Taha Adnan (Contribution by), Lahcen Bakour (Contribution by)
Sarjat: Akashic Noir
Northern Africa finally enters the Noir Series arena with a finely crafted volume of dark stories, translated from Arabic, French, and Dutch. Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book. Featuring brand-new stories by: Fatiha Morchid, Fouad Laroui, Taha Adnan, Mohamed Zouhair, Lahcen Bakour, Mahi Binebine, Halima Zine El Abidine, Hanane Derkaoui, Allal Bourqia, My Seddik Rabbaj, Abdelkader Benali, Mohamed Nedali, Mohamed Achaari, Karima Nadir, and Yassin Adnan. From the introduction by Yassin Adnan: Only palm trees remember that remote dark past, when highwaymen lay in wait behind their trunks for passing caravans . . . According to some stories, this is where the city’s name originated. Over the centuries the name has lost much of its caution and blackness . . . Moroccans today call Marrakech “The Joyful City,” or simply “The Joyful.” For the city is pledged to joy. The seekers of happiness and soirées head for it. Its nights are well lit and its days are bright. The city’s lovers are ready to read every type of story about it except those garbed in black. Even the city’s leading authors, the storytellers of Jamaa al-Fana, have always avoided in their fascinating halqas dark tales and stories . . . In all their variety these stories remain rooted in the Moroccan soil. Marrakech, the ancient Moroccan city, the country’s capital of tourism, the city of joy and sadness, the city of simple life, the city linked to the most international capitals through daily flights from its international airport, the city of the new European community, a winter resort for French retirees, and a refuge for immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa, the city of red nights and sex tourism, the city of the new generation of crimes . .