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This is Sansal's first to be translated into English. It is compelling and gripping.

For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. Lamia is a bitter, feminist who defies the rol Set in Algiers, Harraga, is the story of a female pediatrician, Lamia, who writes poetry harraga boualem sansal lives alone in her family home, Rampe Valee.

Lamia is a bitter, feminist harraga boualem sansal defies the role placed on women by religion and is repulsed by the growing Islamic extremists.

Her brother befriends a sixteen year old girl, Cherifa, who is pregnant and sends her to Lamia to live until the birth of the child. Lamia is single, childless and takes Cherifa harraga boualem sansal as her own child.

Their relationship has ups and downs whereby Cherifa leaves before her child is born.

In Harraga, Boualem Sansal offers a stunning portrait of a troubled Algeria

Lamia is summoned to a convent to find the fate of Cherifa and the baby. She is hyper aware of the disadvantages of being a woman.


Both in her own country and to an extent Europe. Together they are the mixing of introvert harraga boualem sansal extrovert, each pulling the other from the extremes of their personalities.

In Harraga, Boualem Sansal offers a stunning portrait of a troubled Algeria - The National

She draws life harraga boualem sansal of Lamia, pulls the emotions from her, which she had trapped away inside her for so long. And there is no guarantee that the part we can control is more crucial that the part we cannot.

The narrator is obsessed with stories and legends surrounding her residence.

With the identity acquired in this space, Lamia regains an otherness that will be both her strength and her weakness.

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