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The art of losing

Zeniter, Alice2022
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Naïma has always known that her family came from Algeria, but up until now, that meant very little to her. Born and raised in France, her knowledge of that foreign country is limited to what she's learned from her grandparents' flat in a crumbling French sink estate: the food cooked for her, the few precious things they brought with them when they fled.On the past, her family is silent. Why was her grandfather Ali forced to leave? Was he a harki - an Algerian who worked for and supported the French during the Algerian War of Independence? Once a wealthy landowner, how did he become an immigrant scratching a living in France? Naïma's father, Hamid, says he remembers nothing. A child when the family left, in France he re-made himself: education was his ticket out of the family home, the key to acceptance into French society. But now, for the first time since they left, one of Ali's family is going back.
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The art of losing / Alice Zeniter ; translated by Frank Wynne.
Zeniter, Alice, authorWynne, Frank, translator
London : Picador, 2022.
480 pages ; 20 cm
Translated from the French.
9781509884131 (pbk)
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