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Kaouther Adimi’s book will take you back in time by making you relive the magic of the “Les Vraies Richesses” bookshop and its publisher, Edmond Charlot, friend and discoverer of Camus. All set in an Algiers quivering for independence from France.
The bookshop on the Rue Charras
Algiers, today. Ryad, a lazy 20-year-old university student in
Algiers, 1936. Edmond Charlot, an enthusiastic 20-year-old, returns to his homeland after a trip to Paris with a great idea in mind: to found a bookshop-publishing house that publishes writers from both sides of the Mediterranean, regardless of language, nationality or religion. Supported by a community of talents and affections, a hybrid and welcoming place opens at 2 bis of rue Charras that soon becomes the seat of the legendary Éditions Charlot, frequented by aspiring writers as well as by figures of the caliber of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and André Gide. From that passionate little room, entitled to the “true riches” of life, come the first editions of memorable texts, including the debut of a young genius:
A story from Algiers
Kaouther Adimi’s novel is confirmed as one of the revelations of 2018 thanks to the skill of a writer with a guaranteed future. The novel is divided into 3 parts that constantly rotate in the novel: Ryad’s point of view, that of Edmond Charlot and that of the writer herself. In fact, it will be she who will introduce contemporary times and events to Charlot, stories of a city and a people waiting for a liberation that will become the absolute emblem for
Kaouther Adimi, however, is not satisfied with a simple historical novel but takes the opportunity to remind us of those who have made French and Algerian literature great. From
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