The German Mujahid

The German Mujahid

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Penguin Putnam
Based on a true story and inspired by the work of Primo Levi, The German Mujahid is a heartfelt reflection on guilt and the harsh imperatives of history.

The two brothers Schiller, Rachel and Malrich, couldn?t be more dissimilar. They were born in a small village in Algeria to a German father and an Algerian mother, and raised by an elderly uncle in one of the toughest ghettos in France. But there the similarities end. Rachel is a model immigrant?hard working, upstanding, law-abiding. Malrich has drifted. Increasingly alienated and angry, his future seems certain: incarceration at best. Then Islamic fundamentalists murder the young men?s parents in Algeria and the event transforms the destinies of both brothers in unexpected ways. Rachel discovers the shocking truth about his family and buckles under the weight of the sins of his father, a former SS officer. Now Malrich, the outcast, will have to face that same awful truth alone.

Banned in the author?s native Algeria for of the frankness with which it confronts several explosive themes, The German Mujahid is a truly groundbreaking novel. For the first time, an Arab author directly addresses the moral implications of the Shoah. But this richly plotted novel also leaves its author room enough to address other equally controversial issues?Islamic fundamentalism and Algeria?s ?dirty war? of the early 1990s, for example; or the emergence of grim Muslim ghettos in France?s low-income housing projects. In this gripping novel, Boualem Sansal confronts these and other explosive questions with unprecedented sincerity and courage.



Random House, Inc.
Based on a true story and inspired by the work of Primo Levi, The German Mujahid is a heartfelt reflection on guilt and the harsh imperatives of history.

The two brothers Schiller, Rachel and Malrich, couldn?t be more dissimilar. They were born in a small village in Algeria to a German father and an Algerian mother, and raised by an elderly uncle in one of the toughest ghettos in France. But there the similarities end. Rachel is a model immigrant?hard working, upstanding, law-abiding. Malrich has drifted. Increasingly alienated and angry, his future seems certain: incarceration at best. Then Islamic fundamentalists murder the young men?s parents in Algeria and the event transforms the destinies of both brothers in unexpected ways. Rachel discovers the shocking truth about his family and buckles under the weight of the sins of his father, a former SS officer. Now Malrich, the outcast, will have to face that same awful truth alone.

Banned in the author?s native Algeria for of the frankness with which it confronts several explosive themes, The German Mujahid is a truly groundbreaking novel. For the first time, an Arab author directly addresses the moral implications of the Shoah. But this richly plotted novel also leaves its author room enough to address other equally controversial issues?Islamic fundamentalism and Algeria?s ?dirty war? of the early 1990s, for example; or the emergence of grim Muslim ghettos in France?s low-income housing projects. In this gripping novel, Boualem Sansal confronts these and other explosive questions with unprecedented sincerity and courage.

Baker & Taylor
Malrich, an angry young man involved with jhadists, re-examines his life after his parents' murder in Algeria, the discovery of a shocking secret about his father's life during the Holocaust, and his brother Rachel's suicide.

Blackwell North Amer
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.
The Schiller brothers, Rachel and Malrich, couldn't be more dissimilar. They were born in a small village in Algeria to a German father and an Algerian mother, and raised by an elderly uncle in one of the toughest ghettos in France. But the similarities end there. Rachel is a model immigrant - hard working, upstanding, law-abiding. Malrich has drifted. Increasingly alienated and angry, a bleak future seems inevitable for him. But when Islamic fundamentalists murder the young men's parents in Algeria the destinies of both brothers are transformed. Rachel discovers the shocking truth about his family and buckles under the weight of the sins of his father, a former SS officer. After Rachel's suicide, Malrich, the outcast, will have to face that same awful truth alone.
Banned in Algeria, The German Mujahid is a groundbreaking novel. For the first time an Arab author directly addresses the moral implications of the Holocaust, drawing parallels between Nazism and Islamic fundamentalism. But this richly plotted novel also addresses Algeria's "dirty war" of the early 1990s, and the emergence of grim Muslim ghettos in France's low-income housing projects. Boualem Sansal confronts these and other volatile issues with unprecedented sincerity and courage.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, 2009
ISBN: 9781933372921
1933372923
Branch Call Number: FICTION SANSA....B
Characteristics: 228 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Wynne, Frank

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