It's been a few years since I was as delighted with a book--I think it was "Shadow of the Wind"--that I couldn't put down. So masterful is Rasine's narrative that she guides you through the dauntingly undramatic occasion of an interview as though it were riveting drama because the mystery and intrigue are manufactured by sheer brilliance of style and sensitivity as though you were reading the best of Jorge Luis Borges.
Author of The Messiah Matrix, and founder of The Story Merchant
Author and award-winning former journalist for the Chicago Sun Times
— Isabel Campoy
Author and former Senior Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Birgitte Rasine's mysterious Verse in Arabic pulled me in and held me from beginning to end. Beautifully written, this story continues to demonstrate that Rasine is an uncommonly gifted writer.
— Don Thompson
Author, playwright, and film producer
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Verse in Arabic is a captivating tale of murder, innocence, and intrigue. It is set in Spain during a complex and turbulent period in that country’s history. The writing is crisp and visual; the characters are compelling and developed caringly and with precision. The author’s careful unraveling of information and details—a methodical crescendo, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph—is masterful storytelling. Once you start reading, you will find it a challenge to put Verse in Arabic down.
— Steve Kaffen
Author and member of The Explorers Club
Verse in Arabic
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Can a patient's silence kill the doctor?
A respected physician in Cordoba, Spain, receives a mysterious phone call—a request to attend to the ailing daughter of a wealthy but secretive family in Madrid. What seems to be a routine house call quickly turns into a disturbing labyrinth of intrigue and mystery, and a fight for the girl’s life.
The outcome of that battle will impact the doctor—and the journalist interviewing him—in ways neither imagined.
Set against the unstable political climate of General Franco’s Spain in the 1940’s and based on a bizarre real-life incident that remains unsolved to this day, Verse in Arabic twists medical ethics and psychosocial tyranny into a cord that pulls at your heart from both ends.
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