‘The Arab Spring has Yet to Begin’: An Interview with Boualem Sansal

Posted by John Rosenthal

On Sunday, October 16, the Algerian writer Boualem Sansal was awarded the prestigious Peace Prize of the German Book Trade at Frankfurt’s historic St. Paul’s Church. Sansal is the author of six novels, including the widely praised The German Mujahid (Europa Editions, 2009), the first of his novels to be translated into English. The book [...]

‘Democracy is the Best Solvent’: An Interview with Boualem Sansal

Posted by John Rosenthal

The Algerian novelist Boualem Sansal is the author of The German Mujahid (“Le Village d’Allemand” in the original French). The book addresses a unique theme for an Arab author: the Holocaust. Via the reflections of two young brothers in a Parisian banlieue, it tells the story of Hans Schiller: a German SS officer who immigrates to Algeria, converts [...]

“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’ [...]