• Un soir de printemps, Driss Guerraoui quitte le diner dont il est propriétaire. Au moment de traverser une intersection sombre de sa ville en Californie, dans le désert du Mojave, il est tué par un chauffard. Seul un homme est témoin de cette scène : Efraín Aceves, un père de famille d'origine mexicaine. Son statut de sanspapiers et la peur de l'extradition l'empêchent de témoigner. La mort de Driss est-elle un accident ? Ou bien découle-t-elle d'autre chose ? Un crime haineux, raciste ?
    Au fil du roman, plusieurs habitants de cette ville de Californie prennent alternativement la parole à l'instar d'un choeur de tragédie, leurs histoires se chevauchent, faisant de ce roman l'un des textes les plus saisissants sur l'immigration contemporaine. Dans une société qui se divise toujours plus, Laila Lalami nous rappelle que nous sommes tous l'étranger de quelqu'un.

  • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2019 'A moving and exceptionally rich portrait of a modern American community' SUNDAY TIMES 'Rich, polyphonic. Accumulates a kind of revelatory power' OBSERVER 'A provocative and gripping novel by a gifted writer' JOHN BOYNE 'Confirms Lalami's reputation as one of our most sensitive interrogators' FINANCIAL TIMES 'A deftly constructed account of a crime and its consequences' J.M. COETZEE Late one spring night, Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant in California, is walking across a darkened intersection when he is killed by a speeding car. The repercussions of his death bring together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui's daughter Nora, a jazz composer who returns to the small town in the Mojave she thought she'd left for good; his widow Maryam, who still pines after her life in the old country; Efrain, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, a former classmate of Nora's and now a veteran of the Iraq war; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her son's secrets; Anderson, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and Driss himself.

    As the characters - deeply divided by race, religion and class - tell their stories in The Other Americans , Driss's family is forced to confront its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies and love, in all its messy and unpredictable forms, is born.

  • Deux hommes et deux femmes, candidats à l'immigration clandestine, échappent à la noyade en essayant de rejoindre les côtes espagnoles. Qu'est-ce qui les a poussés à entreprendre ce voyage au péril de leur vie ? À quelle existence rêvent-ils, au-delà de ce rivage européen ? Les réponses se dévoilent dans ce roman choral tandis que l'auteur nous emmène dans les pas de ses personnages, ouvrant des fenêtres sur leur passé et leur avenir, lignes de fuites qui se croisent autour d'un même espoir. Murad, un homme éduqué et bon, réduit à arnaquer les touristes à Tanger ; Halima, qui essaie d'échapper à la violence conjugale et aux taudis de Casablanca ; Aziz, qui quitte sa femme tant aimée pour trouver du travail ; Faten, une étudiante fanatique dont le prosélytisme lui a attiré la colère d'un homme influant. De l'espoir et autre quêtes dangereuses est un premier roman très accompli, qui a déjà connu un bel accueil outre-Atlantique et a été traduit en cinq langues. Un livre qui augure d'une belle carrière de romancière. « Un premier roman passionnant. » ELLE USA « Superbe et attachant. » THE WASHINGTON POST « A la fois contemporain et intemporel. » BOOKLIST

  • In this stunning work of historical fiction, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America--a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record.
    In 1527, the conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez sailed from the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda with a crew of six hundred men and nearly a hundred horses. His goal was to claim what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States for the Spanish crown and, in the process, become as wealthy and famous as Hernán Cortés.
    But from the moment the Narváez expedition landed in Florida, it faced peril--navigational errors, disease, starvation, as well as resistance from indigenous tribes. Within a year there were only four survivors: the expeditions treasurer, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; a Spanish nobleman named Alonso del Castillo Maldonado; a young explorer named Andrés Dorantes de Carranza; and Dorantess Moroccan slave, Mustafa al-Zamori, whom the three Spaniards called Estebanico. These four survivors would go on to make a journey across America that would transform them from proud conquis-tadores to humble servants, from fearful outcasts to faith healers.
    The Moors Account brilliantly captures Estebanicos voice and vision, giving us an alternate narrative for this famed expedition. As the dramatic chronicle unfolds, we come to understand that, contrary to popular belief, black men played a significant part in New World exploration and Native American men and women were not merely silent witnesses to it. In Laila Lalamis deft hands, Estebanicos memoir illuminates the ways in which stories can transmigrate into history, even as storytelling can offer a chance for redemption and survival.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • When a young man is given the chance to rewrite his future, he doesn't realize the price he will pay for giving up his past...

    Casablanca's stinking alleys are the only home that nineteen-year-old Youssef El-Mekki has ever known. Raised by his mother in a one-room home, the film stars flickering on the local cinema's screen offer the only glimmer of hope to his frustrated dreams of escape. Until, that is, the father he thought dead turns out to be very much alive.

    A high profile businessman with wealth to burn, Nabil is disenchanted with his daughter and eager to take in the boy he never knew. Soon Youssef is installed in his penthouse and sampling the gold-plated luxuries enjoyed by Casablanca's elite. But as he leaves the slums of his childhood behind him, he comes up against a starkly un-glittering reality...

  • Anglais Secret son

    Laila Lalami

    In the spirit of "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," Lalami's powerful first novel explores the struggle for identity, the need for family, and the desperation that overtakes ordinary lives in a country divided by class, politics, and religion.

  • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2019 'A provocative and gripping novel by a gifted writer' JOHN BOYNE 'Remarkable, timely ... Impeccably written' ROXANE GAY 'A deftly constructed account of a crime and its consequences' J.M. COETZEE 'A writer of uncommon conviction and tremendous insight' VIET THANH NGUYEN There wasn't anything I could do. All I saw was a man falling to the ground.

    Late one spring night, Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant in California, is walking across a darkened intersection when he is killed by a speeding car. The repercussions of his death bring together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui's daughter Nora, a jazz composer who returns to the small town in the Mojave she thought she'd left for good; his widow Maryam, who still pines after her life in the old country; Efrain, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, a former classmate of Nora's and now a veteran of the Iraq war; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her son's secrets; Anderson, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and Driss himself.

    As the characters - deeply divided by race, religion and class - tell their stories in The Other Americans , Driss's family is forced to confront its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies and love, in all its messy and unpredictable forms, is born.

  • In 1527 the Spanish conquistador P??nfilo de Narv??ez arrived on the coast of modern-day Florida with hundreds of settlers, and claimed the region for Spain. Almost immediately, the expedition was decimated by a combination of navigational errors, disease, starvation and fierce resistance from indigenous tribes. Within a year, only four survivors remained: three noblemen and a Moroccan slave called ???Estebanico???. The official record, set down after a reunion with Spanish forces in 1536, contains only the three freemen???s accounts. The fourth, to which the title of Laila Lalami???s masterful novel alludes, is Estebanico???s own. Lalami gives us Estebanico as history never did: as Mustafa, the vibrant merchant from Azemmur forced into slavery and a new name, and reborn as the first black explorer of the Americas, discovering and being discovered by various tribes both hostile and compassionate. In Estebanico???s telling, the survivors??? journey across great swathes of the New World transforms would-be conquerors into humble servants and fearful outcasts into faith healers. He remains ever-observant, resourceful and hopeful that he might one day find his way back to his family, even as he experiences an unexpected (if ambiguous) camaraderie with his masters. The Moor???s Account illuminates the ways in which stories can transmigrate into history, and how storytelling can offer a chance for redemption, reinvention and survival.

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