The Religion of My Mother
An engineer in Montreal, Mirak learns one day his mother passed away. Compelled to come back in
his native country, Algeria, for her burial, he doesn’t recognize his country anymore: his father turned mad, his brother is a Jihadist and his past love a prostitute. Moreover, places and faces have become strangers to him. Ghosts of a past that no longer exists, where chaos and madness reign.
Sometimes a picaresque novel, sometimes an inner monologue, Karim Akouche depicts a dark world, threatened by his own confluences; a fragmented nation crippled by its contradictions.
“An absolutely beautiful and frightening book”,
Arnaud Viviant, “Le Masque et la Plume” – France Inter
“A daring and powerful book about Algeria”,
Rights sold in Algeria and Canada.