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The Resource Harraga, Boualem Sansal ; translated from the French By Frank Wynne

Harraga, Boualem Sansal ; translated from the French By Frank Wynne

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Harraga
Title
Harraga
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Boualem Sansal ; translated from the French By Frank Wynne
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
In a crumbling colonial mansion besieged by slums in the old quarter of Algiers, Lamia lives a life of self-imposed isolation, communing only with her ghosts by day, working as a paediatrician by day. Her family are dead, but for her beloved brother Sofiane, who has become a harraga - one of those who risk their lives attempting to flee the country for a better life in Europe/elsewhere. Lamia's tranquil, ordered existence is turned upside-down when a sixteen-year-old stranger knocks on her door in the middle of the night. Only because she has been sent by Sofiane, Lamia takes the girl in. Pregnant, unmarried and dressed in garish finery like an X-Factor contestant, Ch rifa is talkative, curiously innocent, and utterly unafraid. She enters the house like a whirlwind, and leaves a trail of destruction in her wake. Lamia must try to teach her, to protect her against a world where a woman who is not meek, subservient, married is an affront, where a girl who is pregnant can be killed to spare her family's honour. By turns funny and lyrical, luminous and sardonic, Harraga, by the controversial author of An Unfinished Business, is the engaging and ultimately tragic story of two very different women who become friends and allies in a patriarchal world. Boualem Sansal is the acclaimed the author of An Unfinished Business, which Bloomsbury published in 2010. His books have won many prizes, including France's Prix du premier roman he has also recently been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. His books have been published in seventeen languages
Summary
In a crumbling colonial mansion besieged by slums in the old quarter of Algiers, Lamia lives a life of self-imposed isolation, communing only with her ghosts by night, working as a paediatrician by day. Her family are dead, but for her beloved brother Sofiane, who has become a harraga - one of those who risk their lives attempting to flee the country for a better life in Europe/elsewhere. Lamia's tranquil, ordered existence is turned upside-down when a sixteen-year-old stranger knocks on her door in the middle of the night. Only because she has been sent by Sofiane, Lamia takes the girl in. Pregnant, unmarried and dressed in garish finery like an X-Factor contestant, Cherifa is talkative, curiously innocent, and utterly unafraid. She enters the house like a whirlwind, and leaves a trail of destruction in her wake. Lamia must try to teach her, to protect her against a world where a woman who is not meek, subservient, married is an affront; where a girl who is pregnant can be killed to spare her family's honour.
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10406107
Cataloging source
UKMGB
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Sansal, Boualem
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the French
Literary form
fiction
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Wynne, Frank
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True
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  • Women
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Paediatricians
  • Pregnant teenagers
  • French fiction
  • Women
  • Single women
  • Algiers (Algeria)
Target audience
adult
Label
Harraga, Boualem Sansal ; translated from the French By Frank Wynne
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Translated from the French
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
000053803571
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
276 pages
Isbn
9781408843987
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014482148
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)890161503
Label
Harraga, Boualem Sansal ; translated from the French By Frank Wynne
Publication
Copyright
Note
Translated from the French
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000053803571
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
276 pages
Isbn
9781408843987
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014482148
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)890161503

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