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What the Day Owes the Night

Yasmina Khadra


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Coup de coeur
Coup de coeur (Fr. Lit), by Ségolène

A beautiful novel which takes place in Algeria before, during and after the War. The main character is Younès, an Algerian boy whose father is too poor to take care of him and sends him to his brother. He then became Jonas, a more French-sounding name, and gets closer to the French community. Then comes the War, tearing his identity apart. Very moving. A movie was made from the book.


'Darling, this is Younes. Yesterday he was my nephew, today he is our son'. Younes' life is changed forever when his poverty-stricken parents surrender him to the care of his more affluent uncle.

Re-named Jonas, he grows up in a colourful colonial Algerian town, and forges a unique friendship with a group of boys, an enduring bond that nothing - not even the Algerian Revolt - will shake. He meets Emilie - a beautiful, beguiling girl who captures the hearts of all who see her - and an epic love story is set in motion. Time and again Jonas is forced to to choose between two worlds: Algerian or European; past or present; love or loyalty, and finally decide if he will surrender to fate or take control of his own destiny at last.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 05 May 2011
Dimensions: 141 x 199 x 26 mm
ISBN: 9780099540458

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