In his excellent novel from 2012, Rue des voleurs, which has also been published in Norwegian, writes the French author Mathias about two young guys, Lakhdar and Bassam. They arrive from Morocco to Barcelona, where Lakhdar falls in love with the Jewish Judith, while Bassam falls in love with the Koran. The book was created in the wake of the so-called Arab Spring and describes along the way a young generation that is divided in the face of two emotions, hope and desperation. Both are equally hopeless, for hope leads to disappointment and desperation leads to terror.
Alain Bertho refers to the novel in his own small but monumental book, which has been published in English translation. Bertho is Professor of Anthropology at the University. . .
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