The African Equation

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Pub Date: 03/17/2015

Pages: 336

Trim: 5 x 7

Publisher: Gallic Books Limited

Imprint: Gallic Books

ISBN 13: 9781908313706

ISBN 10: 1908313706

Price: / $20.99 CAN$15.95

Category: FICTION / Literary

The African Equation

By Howard Curtis, Yasmina Khadra

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About the Book

"Khadra brings us deep into the hearts and minds of people living in unspeakable mental anguish."—Los Angeles Times

"A skilled storyteller working at the height of his powers."—Times Literary Supplement

"Like all the great storytellers of history, [Khadra] espouses the contradictions of his characters, who carry in themselves the entirety of the human condition."—Le Point

A new masterpiece from the author of The Swallows of Kabul.

Frankfurt MD Kurt Krausmann is devastated by his wife's suicide. Unable to make sense of what happened, Kurt agrees to join his friend Hans on a humanitarian mission to the Comoros. But, sailing down the Red Sea, their boat is boarded by Somali pirates and the men are taken hostage.

The arduous journey to the pirates' desert hideout is only the beginning of Kurt's odyssey. He endures imprisonment and brutality at the hands of captors whose failings are all too human.

As the situation deteriorates, it is fellow prisoner, Bruno, a long-time resident in Africa, who shows Kurt another side to the wounded yet defiant continent he loves.

A giant of francophone writing, Algerian author Yasmina Khadra takes current events as a starting point to explore opposing views and myths of Africa and the West, ultimately delivering a powerful message of friendship, resilience, and redemption.

Yasmina Khadra is the pen name of Mohammed Moulessehoul, a former Algerian army officer and now director of the Algerian Cultural Center in Paris. In November 2013, he announced his candidacy for the presidency of Algeria.

About the Book

From acclaimed Algerian author Yasmina Khadra, a powerful tale of a doctor taken hostage by Somali pirates.


Yasmina Khadra: Yasmina Khadra is the pen name of the Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul. He is the author of more than 20 novels, including The Swallows of Kabul and The Attack, both shortlisted for the IMPAC literary award. Khadra’s work has been published in 45 countries. He has twice been honoured by the Académie française, winning both the Médaille de vermeil (2001) and Grand Prix de littérature (2012). The New York Times describes Khadra as 'a writer who can understand man wherever he is'.