“A Thin Line Separates Islamism and Nazism”: An Interview with Boualem Sansal

Posted by John Rosenthal

A former official in the Algerian civil service and the author of four previous novels, the Algerian novelist Boualem Sansal has recently published a new book titled Le village de l’Allemand: “The German’s Village.” Via the reflections of two brothers of Algerian origin living in the Parisian banlieues, it tells the story of the brothers’ father: Hans Schiller, a hero of the Algerian war of independence as a member of the National Liberation Front (FLN) — and, as so happens, before that an officer in the dreaded Nazi paramilitary force, the SS. For Boualem Sansal, “the line separating Islamism from Nazism is a thin one.” Grégoire Leménager spoke with him for the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur. See my abridged translation of the interview on World Politics Review here.

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