The virtuous
by Yasmina Khadra

Algeria, 1914. Yacín, a twenty-year-old young man, has never left his neighborhood when he is offered to go to France to fight against the Germans in place of the caid’s son, who has a heart condition. In exchange they promise him fortune and comfort for him and his family. Four years later, the young man who returns from the trenches sees the world with different eyes, and a new fight begins for him.

The Virtuosos is a major work, considered by French critics to be Khadra’s best novel. A story of losses, separations and reunions in a time and place portrayed with mastery and emotion.

Yasmina Khadra (Kenadsa, 1955) is an Algerian writer, author of more than thirty volumes with notable success among readers and a magnificent reception among the press. His novels have been made into films, turned into plays and reproduced as comics or illustrated books. Among the numerous awards won throughout his literary career, it is worth highlighting the one given to him by the French Academy in 2011 for his entire work, the Grand Prix de Littérature Henri Gal.


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