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9781908313706
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ISBN
9781908313706

eBook ISBN
9781910477182

Publication date
15th February 2015

RRP
£8.99

Binding
PB B

Extent (number of pages)
350

Translator
Howard Curtis

Territory

Worldwide : Exclusive

BIC category
FA / FYT

US publication date
10th March 2015

US RRP
$15.95

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The African Equation

(L'Équation africaine)

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Yasmina Khadra takes current events as a starting point to explore opposing views and myths of Africa and the West.

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Long listed for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award

One of the giants of francophone writing of our time, Algerian author Yasmina Khadra takes current events as a starting point to explore opposing views and myths of Africa and the West, attitudes to life and work and our duties towards our fellow humans, ultimately delivering a powerful message of friendship, resilience and redemption.

Kurt Krausmann, a recently bereaved Frankfurt doctor, is persuaded to join his friend, wealthy benefactor Hans Makkenroth, on a humanitarian mission to the Comoros. The journey helps him begin to confront his loss, but soon misfortune strikes again: the boat he and Hans are travelling in is hijacked in the Gulf of Aden and the men are taken hostage.

Held in a remote hideout, the prisoners suffer harsh conditions and the brutality of their guards; self-styled warriors, ex-army captains and even poets drawn to banditry through poverty or opportunism.   When the group decamps to a lawless desert region and Hans is taken away, Kurt sinks deeper into despair. But fellow inmate Bruno, a French ethnologist who has been travelling Africa for 40 years, attempts to show Kurt another side to the wounded yet defiant continent he has taken to his heart.

Reviews
‘The African Equation’s translator, Howard Curtis, seems to have captured the essence of Khadra’s thoughts on the beauty and brutality of Africa.’ The Star
‘Algerian author Khadra (pen name of Mohammed Moulessehoul) shows us the dark side of Africa, but also one tinged with hope.’ Ultraviolent Lit
‘Yasmina Khadra takes current events as a starting point to explore opposing views and myths of Africa and the West, ultimately delivering a powerful message of friendship, resilience, and redemption.’ Africa Book Club.com
‘Polemic, but well worth reading.’ Zeb Kantrowitz, blogger
Praise for Yasmina Khadra
‘World-class’ Rosie Goldsmith, The Independent
‘Khadra brings us deep into the hearts and minds of people living in unspeakable mental anguish.’ L A Times
‘A skilled storyteller working at the height of his powers.’TLS
‘Like all the great storytellers of history, [Khadra] espouses the contradictions of his characters, who carry in themselves the entirety of the human condition.’ Le Point
Bonus Material
Reading Group Questions
Letter from Europe
The International Dublin Literary Award longlist

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Yasmina Khadra is the author of more than 20 novels, including The Swallows of Kabul and The Attack, both shortlisted for the IMPAC literary award. Khadra’s work has been published in 45 countries. He has twice been honoured by the Académie française, winning both the Médaille de vermeil (2001) and…

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