Brahim Llob, the policeman-writer, is summoned
by the chief of Algerian police and is fired for having published Morituri, the book which the
Algerian establishment considered dishonorable and full of lies. Following a trip back to his
hometown where he becomes a victim of an attack by a GIA commando, Llob goes back to Algiers. Fiction and reality intermesh, in this third volume of the Inspector Llob series, which has the violence of Algeria as a constant supporting character throughout.
Translated by Aubrey Botsford from the original French, L'Automne des Chimeres.
About the Author
YASMINA KHADRA is the pseudonym of the Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul, who was born in 1956. A high ranking officer in the Algerian army, he went into exile in France in 2000, where he now lives in seclusion. In his several writings on the civil war in Algeria, Khadra exposes the current regime and the fundamentalist opposition as the joint guilty parties in the Algerian Tragedy. Before his admission of identity in 2001, a leading critic in France wrote: "A he or a she? It doesn't matter. What matters is that Yasmina Khadra is today one of Algeria's most important writers."
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The Critics Praise:
“Yasmina Khadra is one of the rare writers capable of giving a meaning to the violence in Algeria today.”
“A writer who can understand man wherever he is…”
NEW YORK TIMES