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READ ô Harraga By Boualem Sansal ✓ In a crumbling colonial mansion besieged by slums in the old uarter of Algiers Lamia lives a life of self imposed isolation communing only with her ghosts by day working as a paediatrician by day Her family are dead but for her beloved brother Sofiane who has become a harraga – one of those who risk their liveIn a crumbling colonial mansion besieged by slums in the old uarter of Algiers Lamia lives a life of self imposed isolation communing only with her ghosts by day working as a paediatrician by day Her family are dead but for her beloved brother Sofiane who has become a harraga – one of those who risk their lives attempting to flee the country for a better life in EuropeelsewhereLamia's tranuil ordered existen. Lovers of Enid Blyton’s The Enchanted Wood trilogy who have often wondered what it would be like to tuck into a few google buns shock toffees and pop biscuits have only to pick up Boualem Sansal’s wonderfully evocative Harraga which means ‘path burner’ in Arabic This hauntingly beautiful tale about two diametrically opposing personalities Lamia and Cherifa will make your taste – buds sing with hits of sugar as well as spice and your eyes sting with its acid bite The protagonist Lamia is a wounded animal having lost her parents and elder brother in uick succession Her younger brother Sofiane is a Harraga who has run away from home hoping to leave the country and find a better life or die in the process Resigned to spending a life licking her wounds having stockpiled than a fair share of sorrow she retreats to the colonial mansion she calls home Barricaded within its crumbling confines she has only the company of the ghosts that roam free from the shackles of life if not death By day she is a paediatrician and it helps stave away penury despair and encroaching madness but barely It is then that a pregnant waif sent by Sofiane blows into her life like a runaway tornado Cherifa is just as destructive and departs as uickly leaving Lamia reeling from her encounter with a prodigious force of nature The chronicle is propelled forward on the strength of its central character ably aided by the beauty of the prose rather than a suspenseful succession of endless revelations Lamia is a self – proclaimed “hateful bitch” whose prickly exterior which could easily rival a porcupine at its most bristly belies a tender core spilling over with repressed passion and a mother’s endless compassion Her scathing indictment of Algiers which according to her is a “trollop who gives of herself the better to take” the corrupt government that has allowed their country to go to seed and Islamists who “dream of the glorious crimes against humanity yet to be committed” will have the reader lapping up her observations and asking for In direct contrast Cherifa is the blithe spirit who breezes through life helping herself to all she needs without so much as a thank you unmindful of the fact that in their world an unwed knocked – up mother who dresses skimpily and has no trouble picking up men even in the advanced stages of her pregnancy may well be looking at the death penalty Like Lamia the reader will have trouble warming to the child – woman but will eventually become fond of her for refusing to kowtow to the draconian laws of a spiteful civilization Cherifa is not meant to be tied down and she flees the bonds of Lamia’s affection leaving the latter devastated and unable to come to terms with the loneliness she had foolishly believed to be her shield Gravitating towards the other victims who had been affected by the tornado one of whom is named Scheherazade Lamia struggles in vain to recapture the moonbeam that had slipped through her fingers or at the very least figure out what had become of it on the road leading to the enormously moving climax In addition to exploring the perils of being a single woman in a patriarchal society extreme solitude and disillusionment with an unpalatable reality Sansal seeks to answer his own uestion “How far can your life take you when there is nothing to hold you back” and the revelation will leave you with a lump in the throat a smile on the lips and a fervent desire to become an honest to goodness Harraga

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Ch her to protect her against a world where a woman who is not meek subservient married is an affront where a girl who is pregnant can be killed to spare her family's honourBy turns funny and lyrical luminous and sardonic Harraga by the controversial author of An Unfinished Business is the engaging and ultimately tragic story of two very different women who become friends and allies in a patriarchal world See. A book with a considerable amount of black humour Set in AlgeriaLamia an older woman living alone has thrust upon her a Sixteen year old pregnant young woman Cherifa after she suddenly without warning turns up at her house sent by Lamias' brother the girl is both over chatty noisy and extremely untidy as she descends on Lamias home Something she doesn't need But why is the older woman so taken with her when really all she wants is calm to be restored and her life back to normal I couldn't rave about this book hence the star rating

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Harraga By Boualem SansCe is turned upside down when a sixteen year old stranger knocks on her door in the middle of the night Only because she has been sent by Sofiane Lamia takes the girl in Pregnant unmarried and dressed in garish finery like an X Factor contestant Chérifa is talkative curiously innocent and utterly unafraid She enters the house like a whirlwind and leaves a trail of destruction in her wake Lamia must try to tea. Set in Algiers Harraga is the story of a female pediatrician Lamia who writes poetry and lives alone in her family home Rampe Valee Her father mother brother Yacine and sister Louiza are deceased Her only living sibling brother Sofiane has left the country in search of a better life away from the growing Islamic extremists gaining dominance in Algeria The deserters are known as Harraga in that they are path burners toward a new life Lamia is a bitter feminist who 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 in as her own child Their relationship has ups and downs whereby Cherifa leaves before her child is born Lamia is summoned to a convent to find the fate of Cherifa and the baby Cherifa and the child create an opportunity for Lamia to burn a new path for herselfHis lips flecked with spittle he harangued us with verses ripped from the ur'an and baleful threats from the terrorists' handbook Since the situation called for spinelessnes the other men puffed out their chests and began spouting suras like suicide bombers Ever since I've been traumatized I keep asking myself does Islam produce true believers craven cowards or just terrorists There is no easy answer since all three are talented actorsBetter to be a prisoner who is free inside her head I thought than a jailer who is prisoner of his keys and besides it is good and necessary that there should be a wall between freedom and imprisonment In doing so I joined the most reviled mob in the Islamic world the company of free independent womenBut the days are long and dreams are not easy In the course of life you lose so much You find yourself alone with tattered memories dusty habits worthless treasures outmoded words with dates that hang mindlessly on the legs of time with ghosts that merge with shadows landmarks that have blurred remote stories You replace what you can surround yourself with new bits and pieces but your heart is no longer in it and that colours what little life remainsNothing moves the bureaucrats in this country They would happily send each other to the gallows if it were a matter of sharing out three lean cutlets Insipid and underpaid they drift toward crime as naturally as soap suds flow towards a drain