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Book review: 'Tablet & Pen,' edited by Reza Aslan
Book review: 'Tablet & Pen,' edited by Reza Aslan

Tablet & PenLiterary Landscapes From the Modern Middle EastEdited by Reza AslanW.W. Norton: 658 pp., $35Of all the reasons why we read, the one that binds us most is empathy. Literature offers a means of imagining ourselves inside the other, of feeling their stories and inhabiting their narratives. Such an other might be your next-door neighbor or might be someone a world away. What matters is that once we've made that interior connection, we can never see them solely as the other again. --------------------FOR THE RECORD:"Tablet & Pen": In a review last Sunday of "Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes From the Modern Middle East," Sadegh Hedayat's 1937 novel "The Blind Owl" was...

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