Jun 16, 2013 — The fictional tale about war correspondents will make you laugh till the person next to you on the subway thinks you have problems. It is also, according to writer Alexander Nazaryan, an all-too-real parody of the glory days of print journalism.
Jul 26, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban by Sarah Chayes. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Quiet American by Graham Greene and Robert Stone. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 9, 2009 — Afghanistan is not an easy country to fully grasp. Author Nadeem Aslam recommends three books that help make the United States' involvement there — both before and after Sept. 11 — a little easier to understand.
Apr 21, 2008 — Can we learn from our past mistakes? Pico Iyer finds modern meaning in Graham Greene's novel about a naive American who arrives in a foreign place full of ideas about democracy, and how he can teach an ancient culture a better, "American" way of doing things.
Apr 13, 2006 — Journalist Neil MacFarquhar is a veteran Middle East foreign correspondent and was Cairo bureau chief for The New York Times. Next, he will cover Islam in North America for the Times. His new novel The Sand Cafe is set in Saudi Arabia and examines the day-to-day reporting life of foreign correspondents in the Middle East during the Gulf War.
Apr 9, 2006 — Foreign correspondent Neil MacFarquhar writes about a world he knows well — war- reporting in the Middle East — in a debut novel, The Sand Cafe. He tells Liane Hansen what it's like to go from hard news to fiction.
May 25, 2005 — The first section of an 1,100-mile oil pipeline officially opened Wednesday in Azerbaijan. It will eventually carry oil from the Caspian Sea through Georgia and on to the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Writer Thomas Goltz has traveled the route of the pipeline by motorcycle and tells Melissa Block about the project.