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The German mujahid

Author: Boualem Sansal; Frank Wynne
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Two immigrant brothers discover the truth about their German father's past in this masterly investigation of evil, resistance and guilt, billed as "the first Arab novel to confront the Holocaust." Narrator Malrich, the younger son of a German father and an Algerian mother, lives with relatives in a gritty, mostly Arab housing estate outside Paris. Malrich is an indifferent hoodlum while his older brother, Rachel,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Historical fiction
Diary fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sansal, Boualem.
German mujahid.
New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, 2009
(OCoLC)760073259
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Boualem Sansal; Frank Wynne
ISBN: 9781933372921 1933372923
OCLC Number: 318411349
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: 228 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Village de l'Allemand, ou, Le journal des frères Schiller.
Responsibility: Boualem Sansal ; translated from the French by Frank Wynne.

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Two immigrant brothers discover the truth about their German father's past in this masterly investigation of evil, resistance and guilt, billed as "the first Arab novel to confront the Holocaust." Narrator Malrich, the younger son of a German father and an Algerian mother, lives with relatives in a gritty, mostly Arab housing estate outside Paris. Malrich is an indifferent hoodlum while his older brother, Rachel, has a university degree and a glamorous job at "a multinational." The plot hinges on Malrich's reading of Rachel's diary after Rachel commits suicide. After their parents were murdered in Algeria in 1994, Rachel discovered that their father was a Waffen SS officer posted to the death camps. In alternating chapters, the story is perfectly rendered in Malrich's wonderfully adolescent voice and Rachel's increasingly agonized diary entries. All this plays out against Malrich's perceptive likening of Hitler's Germany to the rise of fundamentalist Islamism on his housing estate ...

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