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Publisher's Summary

"Je m'appelle Saad Saad, ce qui signifie en arabe Espoir Espoir et en anglais Triste Triste."
Fuyant Bagdad et son chaos, le jeune Saad souhaite rejoindre l'Europe, mais passer les frontières s'avère complexe, sinon impossible...
Son périple dans notre monde contemporain n'est pas sans rappeler celui d'Ulysse, le premier des voyageurs, à cette différence qu'aujourd'hui les Sirènes se sont métamorphosées en rockeuses, le Cyclope en fonctionnaire des Nations Unies. Et les obstacles qu'ils affrontent ne sont pas les dieux mais des hommes.
D'une plume malicieuse, mêlant humour et humanisme, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt nous raconte l'odyssée de ces hommes qu'on appelle "clandestins".
L'auteur
Diplômé de l'École normale supérieure d'Ulm et agrégé de philosophie en 1983, ce passionné de musique et de littérature, auteur de pièces de théâtre adaptées à l'étranger, écrit des romans depuis 1997. Éternel aventurier des domaines littéraires, maintes fois récompensé, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt est un personnage incontournable du paysage culturel français.

Le narrateur
Acteur de cinéma et de télévision, Bernard Malaka joue au théâtre les plus grands auteurs classiques : Molière, Racine, Shakespeare, Tchekhov, Ibsen...
© Antigone, 2008
Ouvrage publié aux Editions Albin Michel
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It's Really Not That Great, but Check It Out...

Schmitt does it again: how he writes novels about such completely different themes, with such perfection, each time - I just don't know. I've never seen him interviewed, but he's so good, I feel like he couldn't possibly be likeable: I mean, he'd be fully justified in being unbearably full of himself (he's really that good).

My first book by Schmitt was La Part de L'Autre, since then I've devoured anything else I can get my hands on: but when I buy the audio version, I save it to listen to with my girlfriend because it's something special for us to share. The story is solid: an incredible mix of well-developed characters that play out a story that is itself a social commentary on our world, explored through the theme of borders. Sounds dry & painful, right? Not in the least.

Brilliant & enjoyable: a definite re-listen for me. I hope that you enjoy it if you listen.


Ah!! I've just committed the sin of enthusiasm: normally when I enjoy something I try to hold back on the enthusiasm "check it out, it's not a waste of time" because enthusiasm builds expectations & then you can be let down. So let me say instead: I love this work and you might not, but I think it's ok enough to give it a shot (you know, with low expectations).


N.B. the book is in French :)


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