A Bookshop in Algiers (Hardback)

Kaouther Adimi

On a quiet backstreet in Algiers is an unremarkable building with a remarkable history ...

'A beautiful little novel about books, history, ambition and the importance of literature.'
Nick Hornby
'Truly potent ... Adimi confronts us with episodes that are simply never spoken of in France' The New York Times Book Review

In 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.

Publication date: 20/05/2021

£12.99

ISBN: 9781788164696

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction

Translator: Chris Andrews

A Bookshop in Algiers (Ebook)

Kaouther Adimi

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On a quiet backstreet in Algiers is an unremarkable building with a remarkable history ...

'A beautiful little novel about books, history, ambition and the importance of literature.'
Nick Hornby
'Truly potent ... Adimi confronts us with episodes that are simply never spoken of in France' The New York Times Book Review

In 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.

Publication date: 20/05/2021

£9.99

ISBN: 9781782836650

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Fiction

Translator: Chris Andrews

Kaouther Adimi

Kaouther Adimi

Kaouther Adimi is a young Algerian novelist living in France. A Bookshop in Algiers is her third novel and was published in France in 2017, where it got the trifecta of major French award nominations (the Goncourt, Renaudot & Médicis prizes) and sold over 50,000 copies.