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Sleepless in Algiers
Sleepless in Algiers | babelmed | literature - poesy - books - mediterraneanThe title of short story anthology Algiers, When the Town is Asleep sounds like a tribute to John Huston’s feature movie The Asphalt Jungle from 1950. But, this is only an excuse, “to describe the city of Algiers in a way that avoids commonplace language.” The Algerian capital is too often depicted as a motionless seaside statue, indifferent to its own wounds.
Libraries in Algeria
Publishing books I love
Publishing books I love | babelmed | literature - poesy - books - mediterraneanInterview with Sofiane Hadjaj, co-director of Barzakh Editions When Sofiane Hadjaj decided to launch his own publication house in Algeria, he was, "a little bit naive" as he puts it. How did he manage to publish the books he likes? How does he assess the cooperation with European institutions or Foundations? His answers are part of the larger framework of the “Mediterranean Reflection group” implemented by the ECF and co-published by Babelmed.
To Algeria With Love
To Algeria With Love | babelmed | literature - poesy - books - mediterraneanIf “To Algeria with love” is so brilliant and moving, this is undoubtedly because of its deep humanity. Suzanne Ruta intertwines passion, wit and lucidity in a powerful and gripping novel. Book review by Cécile Oumhani followed by an interview with the author.
Boussad Ouadi, a bookseller in Algiers
Boussad Ouadi, a bookseller in Algiers  | babelmed | literature - poesy - books - mediterraneanYou need to be from Algiers to understand the turmoil caused by the future closure of the Librairie des Beaux-Arts.