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EAN : 9782260054535
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 256
Size : 140 x 189 mm
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The Salt of Oblivion

Release date : 20/08/2020
Set in the 1960s in Algeria, the travels of a Don Quixote without a single enemy or battle who wanders the streets after becoming disillusioned.
~~While Algeria is celebrating its independence, Adem Naït-Gacem, a middle-class elementary school teacher, sees his life crumble before his eyes when his wife leaves him. Incapable of picking himself back up after the loss, and without any other ties, he sinks into despair. After abandoning his teaching position, Adem joins... ~~While Algeria is celebrating its independence, Adem Naït-Gacem, a middle-class elementary school teacher, sees his life crumble before his eyes when his wife leaves him. Incapable of picking himself back up after the loss, and without any other ties, he sinks into despair. After abandoning his teaching position, Adem joins the marginalized outcasts and walks the streets like a vagabond. His wanderings lead him to cross paths with all kinds of people, including a blind old man with a hypnotic chant, a psychiatrist who’s an avid reader of Google and Pushkin, and a dwarf in search of true friendship. Be they café owners, acrobats, soldiers, or men of God, they all hold a cruel mirror up to Adem, showing him a society full of the hope he no longer has. Indifferent and mute to the jubilation in which he obstinately refuses to take part, Adem’s place in society is nowhere to be found. In this story of a rite of passage, Yasmina Khadra gives us a profound meditation on the absurdity of a life without love, the only value that truly makes life worth living. But beyond the fable, he also offers a gripping portrait of Algeria in the 1960s, in which the promise of freedom and virtue reveals itself to be nothing but a mirage, heralding the disenchantment that will soon follow.
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EAN : 9782260054535
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 256
Size : 140 x 189 mm
Julliard