Betsy Udink

Betsy Udink is a journalist who has spent thirty years living in Islamic countries. In her 1990 debut, Beyond Mecca, she describes her experiences in fundamentalist Saudi Arabia. In 1996 the novel Caro Darmont’s Scoop appeared, followed in 2001 by Minor Misery, stories about depression and insomnia.

Allah & Eva

Allah & Eva

(Augustus, 2006, 256 pages)

Betsy Udink has a gift few writers and journalists possess, the ability to describe atrocities in such a way that they have the power of satire. She does so without detracting from the dire seriousness of what she is describing, and without exaggeration, an approach that is both clever and effective: the message not only gets through but cuts to the quick.

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