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A Bookshop in Algiers

Adimi, Kaouther, Andrews, Chris
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Published: May 20, 2021
ISBN: 9781788164696
160 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£12.99

‘If you’re in a bookshop browsing, then A Bookshop In Algiers is for you, by definition. A beautiful little novel about books, history, ambition and the importance of literature to everyone, especially people who are trying to find a voice.’ Nick HornbyIn 1936, a young dreamer named Edmond Charlot opened a modest bookshop in Algiers. Once the heart of Algerian cultural life, where Camus launched his first book and the Free French printed propaganda during the war, Charlot’s beloved bookshop has been closed for decades, living on as a government lending library.

Now it is to be shuttered forever. But as a young man named Ryad empties it of its books, he begins to understand that a bookshop can be much more than just a shop that sells books. A Bookshop in Algiers charts the changing fortunes of Charlot’s bookshop through the political drama of Algeria’s turbulent twentieth century of war, revolution and independence.

It is a moving celebration of books, bookshops and of those who dare to dream.

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