The African Equation

The African Equation

Book - 2015
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"Khadra brings us deep into the hearts and minds of people living in unspeakable mental anguish."-- Los Angeles Times

"A skilled storyteller working at the height of his powers."-- Times Literary Supplement

"Like all the great storytellers of history, [Khadra] espouses the contradictions of his characters, who carry in themselves the entirety of the human condition."-- Le Point

A new masterpiece from the author of The Swallows of Kabul .

Frankfurt MD Kurt Krausmann is devastated by his wife's suicide. Unable to make sense of what happened, Kurt agrees to join his friend Hans on a humanitarian mission to the Comoros. But, sailing down the Red Sea, their boat is boarded by Somali pirates and the men are taken hostage.

The arduous journey to the pirates' desert hideout is only the beginning of Kurt's odyssey. He endures imprisonment and brutality at the hands of captors whose failings are all too human.

As the situation deteriorates, it is fellow prisoner, Bruno, a long-time resident in Africa, who shows Kurt another side to the wounded yet defiant continent he loves.

A giant of francophone writing, Algerian author Yasmina Khadra takes current events as a starting point to explore opposing views and myths of Africa and the West, ultimately delivering a powerful message of friendship, resilience, and redemption.

Yasmina Khadra is the pen name of Mohammed Moulessehoul, a former Algerian army officer and now director of the Algerian Cultural Center in Paris. In November 2013, he announced his candidacy for the presidency of Algeria.

Publisher: London : Gallic Books, c2015.
ISBN: 9781908313706
Branch Call Number: KHA
Characteristics: 336 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Curtis, Howard 1949-,


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Jun 29, 2016

About half of this book kept me deeply interested. The rest I found shallow and pedantic. The author could capture personal emotions and action very well. I recommend this book if you are interested in learning a bit about Africa, enjoy the action that comes with kidnapping and the lives of hostages.

Jul 24, 2015

I'm glad I didn't give up on it. After the main character had been captured by pirates, there began a long section depicting grinding conditions, brutal abuse by captors, and a feeling of futility. Fortunately I stayed with the book, and it developed into a depiction of Africa that few of us could ever conceive. I recommend it.

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