I’m always excited when I get to read news from places as far-flung as North Africa, Morocco to be precise. The long-awaited English-language debut from Morocco’s most prominent contemporary writer (and economist), Fouad Laroui has been released.

In its original French version, the book won the Prix Gouncourt de Nouvelles, France’s most prestigious literary award, for best short story collection.

Read an excerpt of the book here