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The Funerals: A Novel of the Algerian Civil War
by Rashid Boudjedra
translated by André Naffis-Sahely
Haus Publishing, 2015
Paper: 978-1-906697-45-7 | eISBN: 978-1-906697-46-4

Algiers, 1955. It is in the midst of civil war, and we meet Sarah, who joins an anti-terrorism unit. There, she meets Salim, a forensic scientist. They embark on a passionate affair, facing the horror of terrorist attacks alongside their own wild impulses. Together, they learn who is to blame for the carnage at a local school. The perpetrators are the same people who tore an eleven-year-old girl from her class before beating, raping, and killing her. The assassins even dare to attend the funeral of a boy shot in the school’s courtyard while he was cleaning the blackboard. But as Sarah and Salim discover, none in the community are willing to speak out or denounce the killers, as doing so would only put their own lives at risk.

Full of suspense and drama, The Funerals takes readers behind the madness of civil war and shows how in times like these, some might attack their victims to feel a little less alone—perhaps even a little more human.

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