What the Day Owes the Night

Khadra, Yasmina

| 2010

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'If a woman loves you, Younes, if she truly loves you, and if you have the wisdom to appreciate this great privilege, then there is no god to touch you.' As a young man Younes' life is irrevocably changed when he leaves his broken home for the vibrant, colourful and affluent European district of Ro Salado. Renamed Jonas, he begins a new life and forges a unique friendship with a group of boys, an enduring bond that nothing - not even the Algerian Revolt - will shake. Yet with the return to Ro Salado of Emilie - a beautiful, beguiling young girl who captures the hearts of all who see her - an epic love story is set in motion that will challenge the complicity of these four boys and force Jonas to confront the burden of having to choose between two worlds: Algerian or European; loyalty or selfishness; past or present; surrendering to fate or grasping control of his own destiny. In...

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Victoria G

2012-04-30

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Frankrike och Algeriet var olyckliga lskande och deras frhllande slutade i ofantlig olycka och blodsspillan. Det kan ses som en metafor, men ligger ocks sanningen nra. Yasmina Khadra anvnder sig av just den hr metaforen fr att skildra Algeriets 1900-talshistoria och jag tycker han gr det vldigt bra. Det r en mycket mnsklig och gripande berttelse, lngtifrn storpolitiken, men nd i dess centrum, skottlinje, p det stt som oftast r fallet fr vanliga ddliga. Sprket haltar mjligtvis ngot lite d och d, men det frlter jag grna tack vare handlingen och de trovrdiga personportrtten. I slutet av boken var jag nra trar. En stark fyra!