The Death of Murat Idrissi by Tommy Wieringa – review

A tale of an unlikely pair of female people-traffickers in Morocco is gripping and intense

It was supposed to be a great adventure. But for the two young women, born in the Netherlands of African parents, and considered Dutch, their badly planned trip to Morocco, home of their forefathers, begins with some expensive minor bother with a rented car. It ends in a ghastly tragedy, which leaves at least one of the girls questioning her humanity.

The gifted Dutch writer Tommy Wieringa is a bold, intelligent stylist, unafraid of exposing the ugliness of society juxtaposed with the vagaries of human nature. In this taut, intense contemporary thriller of multiple exploitations, he initially appears to be studying the dynamics of a young female friendship set against the broader theme of cultural assimilation.

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