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Street of Thieves

(2014)
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"A tremendous accomplishment. . . . Enard's Zone is, in short, one of the best books of the year" - Daily Beast

Exiled from his family for religious transgressions related to his feelings for his cousin, Lakhdar finds himself on the streets of Barcelona hiding from both the police and the Muslim Group for the Propagation of Koranic Thoughts, a group he worked for in Tangier not long after being thrown out on the streets by his father.

Lakhdar's transformations - from a boy into a man, from a devout Muslim into a sinner - take place against some of the most important events of the past few years: the violence and exciting eruption of the Arab Spring and the devastating collapse of Europe's economy.

If all of that isn't enough, Lakhdar reunites with a childhood friend - one who is planning an assassination, a murder Lakhdar opposes. A finalist for the prestigious Prix Goncourt, Street of Thieves solidifies Enard's place as one of France's most ambitious and keyed-in contemporary novelists. This book may even suprpass Enard's earlier work, Zone, which Christophe Claro boldly declared to be "the novel of the decade, if not of the century."

Mathias Enard studied Persian and Arabic and spent long periods in the Middle East. A professor of Arabic at the University of Barcelona, he won the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie and the Prix Edmee de la Rochefoucauld for his first novel, La perfection du tir. He has been awarded many prizes for Zone, including the Prix du Livre Inter and the Prix Decembre.

Charlotte Mandell has translated works from a number of important French authors, including Proust, Flaubert, Genet, Maupassant, and Blanchot, among others. She received a Literary Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for her translation of Enard's Zone along with a French Voices grant.

    

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August 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Street of Thieves
Author(s): Mathias Enard
ISBN: 0-9929747-6-3 / 978-0-9929747-6-3 (UK edition)
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Title: Street of Thieves
Author(s): Mathias Enard
ISBN: 1-940953-01-4 / 978-1-940953-01-4 (USA edition)
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Title: Street of Thieves
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