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Scholastique Mukasonga & Maaza Mengiste ONLINE EVENT Brookline Booksmith and City of Asylum Bookstore
Sep 30
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Scholastique Mukasonga & Maaza Mengiste ONLINE EVENT Brookline Booksmith and City of Asylum Bookstore

Kaouther Adimi

Please note that this tour has been definitely cancelled because of coronavirus situation. 

The great Algerian novelist Kaouther Adimi is embarking on a US Tour for the release of Our Riches, translated by Chris Andrew and to be published by New Directions in April 2020. Originally published by le Seuil in 2018 with the title Nos richesses.


Born in 1986 in Algiers, Kaouther Adimi spent her childhood between France and Algeria, where she studied French Literature and Human Relations. After being noticed by the jury of the French Institute's short story competition, she published her first novel L'Envers des autres (Barzakh, 2010; Seuil, 2011) and received the Vocation Prize. Our Riches, her third novel and her first in English, was shortlisted for the Goncourt and won the Prix Renaudot, the Prix du Style, the Prix Beur FM Méditerranée, and the Choix Goncourt de l’Italie. Her latest novel Les petits de décembre, published in September 2019 by le Seuil, is once again longlisted for the Prix Renaudot.

About the Book: Our Riches

Our Riches celebrates quixotic devotion and the love of books in the person of Edmond Charlot, who at the age of twenty founded Les Vraies Richesses (Our True Wealth), the famous Algerian bookstore/publishing house/lending library. He more than fulfilled its motto "by the young, for the young", discovering the twenty-four-year-old Albert Camus in 1937. His entire archive was twice destroyed by the French colonial forces, but despite financial diffculties (he was hopelessly generous) and the vicissitudes and revolutions, Charlot (often compared to the legendary bookseller Sylvia Beach) carried forward Les Vraies Richesses as a cultural hub of Algiers.

The novel interweaves Charlot's story with that of another twenty-year-old, Ryad (dispatched in 2017 to empty the old shop and repaint it). Ryad is no booklover, but old Abdallah, the bookshop's self-appointed, nearly illiterate guardian, opens the young man's mind. Cutting brilliantly from Charlot to Ryad, from the 1930s to current times, from WWII to the bloody 1961 Free Algeria demonstrations in Paris, Adimi delicately packs a monumental history of intense political drama into her swift and poignant novel. But most of all, it's a hymn to the book and to the love of books.

"Fascinating: Adimi synthesizes the private minutiae of the great and sometimes forgotten publisher Edmond Charlot with the history of the times in a suprisingly light, almost breezy fashion, making this a fast, interesting, and engaging read." —Adam Hocker, Albertine Bookstore

"A splendid declaration of the love of literature, the only link between epochs and beings." —Elle


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