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An Unfinished Business (Paperback)
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An Unfinished Business (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 17/01/2011
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Rachel and Malrich are the sons of a German father and an Algerian mother. Born in a small village in the Algerian hinterland, they are sent to Paris to be educated. Rachel excels under the French education system to become a successful businessman working for a multinational, but Malrich, 15 years younger, grows up in the banlieue, drops out of school and mixes with the wrong crowd. The brothers keep a wary distance from each other until the day their parents are killed in an Islamic fundamentalist raid. When their father's personal effects reach Paris, Rachel discovers that Hans Schiller was a reputed chemist before the war, who joined the Nazi party and then the Waffen SS. Posted to Auschwitz, he played an active part in the extermination of thousands of people. At the end of the war, he escaped to Egypt. There Nasser lent him to the burgeoning Algerian FLN, and after Independence, he settled in Ain Deb, where he started a family, enjoying the respect given to the mujahideen... Rachel feels compelled to re-examine his heritage and so begins a journey full of foreboding back to Algeria, then on to Germany to trace his father's past and to attempt to come to terms with the Shoah, one of the great taboos of Muslim culture. The attempt proves more than Rachel can bear, and it is left to the streetwise Malrich to take up the trail and complete his brother's unfinished business.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408809440
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 185 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
`In his desire to denounce injustice, lies and diktats of all kinds, to fight against amnesia and historical revisionism, but also to remember, nothing seems able to stop Boualem Sansal. Neither the violent reviews which he has received in his own country, nor the censorship to which his most recent books have been subjected ... One of the events of the literary season.' * Christine Rousseau, (headline review in) Le Monde *
`One has to understand that in the Arab-Muslim countries, the Shoah is generally disregarded, sometimes played down or even denied altogether. In breaking this taboo, Boualem Sansal tries to make understood to his own people that this momentous event in Jewish memory is also a metaphysical question that concerns all human beings. [An Unfinished Business] is to be hailed for its virtuoso structure and its concern for the universal and its political courage.' * Les Inrockuptibles *

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