Private Life of Islam by Ian Young
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Private Life of Islam
By Ian Young

The Private Life of Islam

An Algerian Diary

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Private Life of Islam by Ian Young

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Ian Young spent a summer as a medical student in a provincial maternity unit in Algeria. This book is taken from the diary he began on arrival, when he found himself the privileged witness of the insides not just of Kabyl women, but also some much-trumpeted ideology. The immediate villains are a couple of expatriate Bulgarian gynaecologists. Dr Vasilev, at the closing stages of a career of fathomless incompetence, forms a bond of affection with the author and they spend many hours in the office over an old route map of Bulgaria, discussing mileages and motorcycles as Maternity drifts beneath them like an abandoned ship. Dr Kostov packs a powerful bedside punch and saves his humanitarian feelings for the health of the Deutschmark. The two form a macabre comic team as they take the reader through a series of medical nightmares. But their lot is scarcely more enviable than that of their female victims: the foreign doctors are the unhappy executors, working in blood, excrement and death, of the most respected attitudes in Algeria. "The Private Life of Islam" is a ruthlessly clear-sighted view of a particular place at a particular time. It is also a classic in the art of story-telling. 'A real achievement, personal as well as literary' - David Pryce-Jones, "The Times". 'A parable of the reality behind a vast amount of modern social and political fantasy, even in the most developed of countries' - David Holden, "Sunday Times".

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780712650373
ISBN-10: 0712650377
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 21mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Pimlico
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 10-Oct-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ian Young

Ian Young was educated in London and Paris. He qualified as a doctor in London and apart from a few interruptions has worked there ever since.

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