"A writer who can understand man wherever he is."—The New York Times
"Khadra's prose is gentle and precise."—The New Yorker
As a child living in a ghetto, Turambo dreamt of a better future. When his family find a home in the city anything seems possible. Through a succession of menial jobs, the constants for Turambo are rage at the injustice surrounding him, and a reliable left hook. A boxing apprenticeship offers Turambo a choice.
Yasmina Khadra is the pen name of the Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul. He is the author of more than twenty novels, including The Swallows of Kabul.
Praise for Yasmina Khadra:
'A writer who can understand man wherever he is' New York Times
'Khadra's prose is gentle and precise' The New Yorker
'Khadra belongs in the ranks of those writers – J.M. Coetzee, for example – who make violence into art' Lenora Todaro, New York Times Book Review
'Khadra brings us deep into the hearts and minds of people living in unspeakable mental anguish.' L A Times
'Superb' Publishers Weekly
'Disturbing and mesmerizing' San Francisco Chronicle
'Riveting ... Spare, taut, and pristinely clear prose ... An uncanny knack for making moral tension palpable ... Extraordinarily moving.' The Philadelphia Inquirer
'World-class' Rosie Goldsmith, The Independent
'A skilled storyteller working at the height of his powers.'TLS
Le Figaro calls this novel 'a tragic sentimental education ... [Khadra] effortlessly evokes and explains a symbolically charged period of history through page-turning fiction'