Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Amara Lakhous

Divorce Islamic Style

Amara Lakhous

Divorce Islamic Style

2012, pp. 192, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609450663
Translated by: Ann Goldstein
Region: Algeria
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
$ 15.00

The book

It’s 2005. The Italian secret service has received intel that a group of Muslim immigrants based in Rome’s Viale Marconi neighborhood is planning a terrorist attack. Chirsitan Mazzari, a young Sicilian court translator who speaks perfect Arabic, goes undercover to infiltrate the group and learn who its leaders are. Christian poses as Issa, a recently arrived Tunisian in search of looking for a place to sleep and a job. He soon meets Sofia, a young Egyptian immigrant whose life with her husband, Said a.k.a. Felice, an architect who has reinvented himself as a pizza cook, is anything but fulfilling.

In alternating voices, with an anthropologist’s keen eye and sparkling wit Lakhous examines the commonplaces and stereotypes typical of life in multicultural societies. Divorce Islamic Style mixes the rational and the absurd as it describes the conflicts and contradictions of today’s world. Marvelous set pieces, episodes rich in pathos, brilliant dialogue, and mordant folk proverbs combine as the novel moves towards an unforgettable and surprising finale that will have readers turning back to the first page of Lakhous’s stunning novel to begin the ride all over again.

The author

Amara Lakhous
Amara Lakhous was born in Algiers in 1970. He has a degree in philosophy from the University of Algiers and another in cultural anthropology from the University la Sapienza, Rome. He recently completed a Ph.D. thesis entitled “Living Islam as a Minority.” His first novel, Le cimici e il pirata (Bedbugs and the Pirate), was published in 1999. Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio, winner of Italy’s prestigious Flaiano prize, is his second novel. He currently resides in New York.

Reviews

From the same country

  • Boualem Sansal

    2084. The End of the World

    2016, pp. 240, $ 17.00
    WINNER OF THE FRENCH ACADEMY GRAND PRIX A tribute to George Orwell's 1984 and a cry of protest against totalitarianism of all kinds, Sansal's...
  • Leïla Marouane

    The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris

    2010, pp. 224, $ 15.00
    “A book that will certainly cause considerable controversy.”—France Soir
  • Boualem Sansal

    The German Mujahid

    2009, pp. 240, $ 15.00
    Based on a true story and inspired by the work of Primo Levi, The German Mujahid is a heartfelt reflection on the harsh imperatives of history.