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Karim Miské dazzles readers with award-winning crime novel "Arab Jazz"

By Laura Angela Bagnetto

In this month's Africa: Stories in the 55, we sit down with Karim Miské, author of Paris-set crime thriller "Arab Jazz". The Franco-Mauritanian writer and documentarian speaks about his Paris, why keeping an open mind is crucial when formulating characters, and how his upbringing has influenced his work.

In this extended interview, Miské reads an excerpt of his novel, "Arab Jazz" and talks about his current work-in-progress:

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